Police: Loris man kidnaps, assaults ex-girlfriend

William Hemingway (Source: J. Reuben Long Detention Center)
William Hemingway (Source: J. Reuben Long Detention Center)

LORIS, SC (WMBF) One man is in custody after what reports show to be a violent kidnapping and assault in the Loris area.

The incident was reported to police last Monday, after the victim says an ex-boyfriend assaulted her following weeks of harassment.

The victim claims she woke up to find the suspect, 36-year-old William Earl Hemingway, holding a towel over her mouth.

Hemingway then dragged the suspect out of her back door, down a wooded path onto the roadway until they reached an abandoned home. The victim says Hemingway then began choking and punching her, but then pulled her into wooded area behind the abandoned home.

When Hemingway heard a car coming down the highway, the victim say he held a pocket knife to her throat and said, "If you make a [expletive] sound I'll kill you and leave you here."

The report says Hemingway also told the victim, "I'll kill you and leave your body in the woods because if I can't have you, no one will have you."

After the car drove by, the victim said she tried to calm Hemingway, and then spotted a large stick that she uses to strike him with before running away.

The victim ran home and called 911. Responding officers observed the scene in the roadway and the wooded area which show signs of struggle.

Hemingway was taken into custody on Saturday and charged with assault and battery, kidnapping, burglary, criminal domestic violence and contempt of family court. He remains in custody Monday at the J. Reuben Long Detention Center.

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