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Elgin man arrested for domestic assault

Posted: June 11, 2015 5:24 p.m.
Updated: June 12, 2015 1:00 a.m.
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Jarvis Snyder

An Elgin man with a long list of arrests for criminal domestic violence is back in the Kershaw County Detention Center (KCDC) as of Thursday.

A press release from the Kershaw County Sheriff’s Office (KCSO) said Jarvis Demeatress Snyder, 26, of Vista View Drive in Elgin was arrested after he reportedly struck his girlfriend in the head with a handgun and shot at her in the presence of her 6-year old child.

Snyder’s girlfriend reportedly told law enforcement in December 2014 that Snyder had assaulted her the previous night while she was in a vehicle with him. The deputy who took the report of the incident observed injuries to the victim’s head and body. The victim declined prosecution.

In February 2015, she reported Snyder had beaten her with a stick, tackled her to the ground and punched her multiple times in the face. A neighbor reportedly pulled Snyder off of his girlfriend and she was able to leave and go to the KCSO where she reported the assault. Snyder was arrested while attempting to follow her to the sheriff’s office. He was held at the KCDC until he made bond.

On March 7, the victim’s 9-year-old daughter called 911 to report Snyder was again assaulting her mother. Deputies responded to the scene, but Snyder had fled. He was not arrested after the victim advised deputies she did not want to press charges.

On March 26 the same child called 911 again and said Snyder had beaten her mother with a stick. Deputies responded and found the victim in the residence going in and out of consciousness. EMS was called and treated the victim and revived her. She said Snyder had beaten her again. Evidence led deputies to the Vista View address where they found Snyder and arrested and charged him with criminal domestic violence of a high and aggravated nature. Snyder was taken to jail, but again posted bond and was released.

On May 31, the victim’s neighbors called 911 to report Snyder was again assaulting the woman. When deputies arrived Snyder had already fled. The victim received head injuries and was taken to the hospital for treatment. Deputies obtained an arrest warrant for Snyder and were unable to find him until Thursday after receiving a tip on where he was. Snyder was arrested for criminal domestic violence and battery, both of a high and aggravated nature. 

Snyder was transported to the KCDC, where he awaits a bond hearing. The KCSO and the 5th Circuit Solicitor’s Office will request Snyder’s previous bonds be revoked and that he not be released on another bond.

“This is a classic case of criminal domestic violence that escalates until great bodily harm is done to the female victim by an angry, out of control boyfriend. Snyder needs to remain in jail where he can do no more harm to this woman or any other woman,” Kershaw County Sheriff Jim Matthews said. “Far too many criminal domestic violence cases are dismissed because the female victim, for one reason or another, will not testify against the person who assaulted her. In many cases, over time, the severity of the violence increases to the point where the victim is seriously injured and often killed.”

Snyder has previous arrests for traffic offenses including driving under suspension, failure to stop for a blue light, simple possession of marijuana, open container, possession of schedule IV drugs with intent to distribute and the criminal domestic violence offenses previously mentioned.

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