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Crime Report - March 19, 2014

Lugoff man allegedly assault pregnant girlfriend

Posted: March 18, 2014 5:17 p.m.
Updated: March 19, 2014 5:00 a.m.

Kershaw County Sheriff’s Office (KCSO) deputies arrested a Lugoff man March 12 after he allegedly assaulted his pregnant girlfriend and held her against her will.

A KCSO report said the victim told deputies she went to visit Nathaniel Caleb Ratcliff, 22, of Bob-O-Link Road, Lugoff. The couple had formerly lived together, according to the report.

The woman told deputies Ratcliff became enraged when she tried to leave after she realized he was using heroin. She said he damaged her cell phone, took her keys from her and attacked her with a leather belt. Deputies reported seeing injuries on the woman’s face, neck, legs and behind her ear. She said that as she tried to gather some clothes and leave, Ratcliff hit her with his fist. However, she also said Ratcliff’s mother came into the room and told her to leave.

She went to a relative’s home and called the KCSO and named several witnesses who were in Ratcliff’s home during the incident. Deputies arrested Ratcliff at another residence on Saddle Club Road, Ridgeway, where he tried to hide in a shed. The report said deputies served warrants for kidnapping and criminal domestic violence on Ratcliff.

Also March 12, KCSO deputies arrested a Kershaw man on charges of manufacturing methamphetamine. A KCSO report said narcotics investigators learned David Norton Finley, 25, of North Matson Street, Kershaw, had been buying large quantities of the over-the counter cold medication pseudoephedrine, a primary ingredient used to make methamphetamine. The report said Finley had previous charges for the same offense.

The deputies found Finley at his father’s house on Buffalo Creek Road and also found evidence of a small meth manufacturing operation, according to the report. As they spoke to Finley, he reportedly admitted to a problem with methamphetamine. A search of the property turned up several items used to make the drug. The KCSO called the S.C. State Law Enforcement Division to process the scene.

Online court records show Finley’s bond set at $7,500. The Kershaw County Detention Center’s (KCDC) website showed he was still in jail Monday afternoon.

In another case, deputies arrested a Lugoff couple on multiple charges after answering a domestic disturbance on Bluewood Lane. Deputies arriving at the home spoke with the 46-year-old man living there who said he and his 30-year-old wife had been drinking. He said his wife began yelling and throwing thigns before passing out. A deputy tried to speak to the woman, but she reportedly refused to do so because the deputy was African-American. The other deputy then tried to speak to her, but she reportedly continued to use racial slurs. The second deputy convinced her to go to bed. At that point, the deputies headed to their cars to leave, but then heard a banging noise inside the house.

When they looked, the deputies found the woman on the floor near the front door. Her husband said she had attempted to get a drink of water, but was too intoxicated and fell, and that he would help her back to bed. A moment later, the husband came out again and said his wife was in another rage and that he couldn’t handle her. At that point, the deputies went to handcuff her as she reportedly continued to use racially offensive language. At the same time, her husband reportedly ran up in a “combative way,” apparently to keep his wife from being arrested. He backed off when told to, but reportedly headed toward a bedroom and claimed he was going to get his “AK.”

At that point, deputies subdued and handcuffed him. The deputies took the couple outside and placed them separately in their patrol cars. The wife then reportedly hyperventilated on purpose until she passed out. As deputies called EMS to the scene, the woman started to fall out of the car, but was caught by the African-American deputy. She reportedly came to and allegedly yelled a racial slur at him. After he placed her on the ground, she allegedly rolled over and kicked him in the crotch.

The woman also reportedly refused treatment by EMS. Deputies then placed her back in the car, where she reportedly kicked and damaged a window. Deputies charged her with breach of peace, third degree assault and battery, and malicious injury to personal property. According to KCDC records, she posted $2,447.50 bond and was released. Her husband was charged with threatening the life of a public employee and freed on $500 bond.

The KCSO also reported 11 thefts, seven incidents of criminal domestic violence, six assaults, four burglaries, four arrests for driving under suspension, two cases each of possession of marijuana and driving under the influence and one case each of shoplifting, trespassing, possession of crack cocaine and public disorderly conduct.


The Camden Police Department (CPD) is investigating the theft of approximately $10,000 worth of auto parts from a storage facility. The CPD report said entry was made into a unit on West DeKalb Street by derailing one side of the roll-up door. The victim said someone stole four car hoods, several fenders and bumpers and numerous other parts to fit a 1966 Chevrolet Chevelle.

The CPD also reported two cases of trespassing, two of forgery and one each of fraud, weapons violation, alcohol violation, burglary and drug possession.

Incident reports are provided by the Camden Police Department and Kershaw County Sheriff’s Office and are a matter of public record under the S.C. Freedom of Information Act. If the C-I makes a mistake, it will correct it upon verification with the appropriate law enforcement agency. Readers are cautioned that other individuals may have similar or identical names as those contained in incident reports. All subjects are presumed innocent until proven guilty.


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