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Man arrested on multiple charges following chase
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GREENWOOD, SC – A man was arrested after he allegedly attempted to attack a woman with a knife and a short foot chase with police.

According to a report from the Greenwood police Department, police were dispatched to 1309 Lincoln Avenue in reference to a purse snatching just after 8 a.m. last Friday. When the officer turned down N Bethune Street, the complainant flagged down the officer and told him that the suspect had fled toward Cambridge Avenue.

According to the report, police turned down S Bethune Street and observed a man, later identified as Dwayne Thomas Curenton, 43, of 105 McKellar Court, walking down the street. The officer got out of his vehicle, telling Curenton to stop, at which time he began to run. Police caught Curenton after a brief foot chase. A search of Curenton revealed a house key on a key ring by itself.

Officers called for EMS since Curenton had struck his head on the ground during the chase. While waiting for EMS to arrive, Curenton began banging his head on the asphalt and stating that he was hurting. Curenton was taken to the emergency room since he was complaining of neck and back injuries.

The complainant tld police that her daughter contacted her, asking if she would come to the house because Curenton had been inside the home waiting on her the previous day when she returned from work. The two women noticed that the bottom lock on the door was unlocked and told police that they were certain it was locked prior to the victim leaving for work.

According to the report, the victim knew Curenton was inside because she could smell liquor. Upon entering the bedroom, Curenton jumped out from behind the bed wielding a large knife and telling the victim, “You’re going to die today.” The victim’s mother positioned herself in the doorway, but Curenton threw her aside and began pursuing the victim.

Curenton caught the victim in the living room, according to the report. The two scuffled briefly, at which time the victim’s mother went outside to call the police. The victim’s mother told police that Curenton then ran out of the house carrying her purse.

During the scuffle with Curenton, the victim obtained two cuts to her hand and was transported to the emergency room for treatment of those injuries. The victim told police that she was able to use her self-defense stun gun on Curenton, but that it had little effect on him.

Police located the knife, with a blade approximately 10 inches long, near the doorway to the bedroom.

Curenton had previously been put on trespass notice for the residence, according to the report.

Curenton has been charged with attempted murder, possession of a weapon during the commission of a violent crime, first degree burglary, assault and battery, purse snatching and failure to stop on lawful command. His bond was denied and he is currently being held at the Greenwood County Detention Center.

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