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10/22/2013 3:55:00 PM
Greenwood man facing assault charge

A Greenwood man is facing a second degree assault and battery charge after police say he beat a woman at a South Greenwood apartment early Tuesday morning.

According to a report from the Greenwood County Sheriff's Office, deputies were dispatched 100 Highland Forest Drive for a welfare check after an anonymous 911 caller reported hearing a woman screaming for help. When deputies arrived, they found the door to the apartment ajar, but could not hear any noise inside. After deputies identified themselves, the victim came to the door and told deputies that she and her boyfriend were just playing around. Deputies could see the woman was clearly breathing hard and had a fresh scratch on her neck.

According to the report, deputies located the boyfriend, later identified as Antonio Morris, 30, in the bedroom. When deputies asked Morris for his name, Morris refused, saying, "Why does it matter? I don't have any warrants." Morris then went outside the apartment, continuing to yell and refusing to come back inside to speak with police. Morris continued to yell and cause a disturbance, so deputies placed him under arrest for breach of peace. While he was being escorted to a patrol vehicle, Morris called one deputy an "Uncle Tom" and asked the deputy why he let the "white (expletives)" arrest him.

According to the report, the woman told deputies that she and Morris had been fighting, but she was scared to say anything until he had been placed under arrest. The woman told deputies that she and Morris began arguing and she asked Morris to leave. When Morris refused, the woman went to the living room. Morris followed her, so the woman went back into the bedroom and locked the door. Morris then kicked the bedroom door in and grabbed the woman by the back of the neck. The woman told deputies that she struck Morris in an attempt to get away. Morris then held the woman down on the bed, put a pillow over her face and began punching her in the arm. The woman said that she could barely breathe so she began screaming. When she began screaming, Morris put his hand over her mouth so that she could not be heard. The woman said the altercation continued in the living room, where Morris pulled hair from her head.

According to the report, the woman asked that Morris be placed on trespass notice for her residence. Morris refused to give deputies his personal information and also refused to give his personal information at the detention center. Morris also refused to sign the trespass notice, but said he understood the consequences should he return.

Morris has been charged with second degree assault and battery in connection with the incident.

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