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Man holds woman hostage inside Forest Hills house

Officers from the Walterboro Police Department and the Colleton County Sheriff’s Office responded to a house in Forest Hills on Sept. 17th to conduct a welfare check on the victim of a criminal domestic violence incident that had occurred on Sept. 5th. This ended in a woman being held hostage inside her own house by an ex-boyfriend.
The welfare check was initiated when the victims’ family and friends were trying to contact her and could not reach her. Those family members then contacted local law enforcement officers, saying they were afraid that the woman’s former criminal domestic violence offender – Jeffrey C. Padgett, 34, of Islandton – might be at her house preventing her from answering the phone.
According to an incident report filed with the Walterboro Police Department and with the Colleton County Sheriff’s Office, an officer responded to the original welfare check request and went to the victim’s house and could not make contact with her. Then, a friend of the victim arrived on scene and told the deputy that she had spoken with the victim, and the victim was inside the house with the suspect: the suspect had a gun and would not let the victim leave, the report states.
The victim finally answered the door for the officer and told the officer that she was inside the house alone. However, while speaking to the deputy, the woman gave visual cues to the deputy that she was not alone. The victim was safely removed from the house, at which point she said the suspect was inside the house with a .22-caliber handgun, the report states.
Officers from both the Walterboro Police Department and the sheriff’s office arrived on the scene and set up a perimeter around the house. While setting up the perimeter, officers blocked off the roadway to prevent citizens from passing through the area. This was done to prevent anyone from being injured should the suspect begin shooting, the report states.
After about 15 minutes, the suspect complied with officers’ requests to come outside, at which point he was taken into custody without any incident.
While searching the house, the suspect’s handgun was located inside the house, the report states.
According to statements that the victim later gave to officers, the suspect arrived at her house on the night of Sept. 16th and kept her barricaded inside throughout the night. The suspect held her at gunpoint and held her down on the couch. The suspect is a convicted felon from a prior burglary and CDV conviction and is not supposed to have possession of a firearm.
The suspect, Padgett, is charged with aggravated assault, kidnapping, the violation of an order of protection and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.

In other crime news in Colleton County:
Burglary occurs while woman is at bond hearing
A house on Trevor Street in Walterboro has been burglarized. According to an incident report filed with the Colleton County Sheriff’s Office, unknown suspects went into the house through a window in the house. The victim said the incident occurred when she left her house to go to a bond hearing at the Colleton County Detention Center. When she returned home, she saw that her 55-inch television was stolen from her living room. A soundbar speaker was also stolen. While processing the burglary, a deputy and detective also seized a bag of meth from inside the house. It is unclear if the burglary victim will be charged with drug possession.

Pregnant woman fights another over social media remarks
A pregnant woman got into a fight with another woman last week in Walterboro. According to an incident filed with the sheriff’s office, the female victim reported to officers on Sept. 19th that she was the victim of an assault that had occurred at a house along Brittlebank Road near Walterboro. The woman is allegedly 7-months-pregnant. While reporting the assault, the woman claimed that her stomach and back hurt, and was subsequently taken to the hospital. Deputies did state in an incident report that the woman had a scratch on her arm, the report states. The victim and the suspect are relatives and became upset over social media remarks that were made.

Speeding stop ends in drug arrest
While working traffic and speed enforcement on S.C. Highway 61 on Sept. 18th, a deputy stopped a suspect for driving 79 mph in a 55-mph zone. While asking the driver for his driver’s license and registration, the deputy stated that he smelled marijuana and asked the driver how much marijuana he had smoked. The driver replied, “none;” however, the driver pulled a bag of marijuana out of his glove box while looking for the vehicle’s registration, the report states. The deputy also discovered a bag of crystal meth inside the truck. A set of digital scales was also discovered in the truck, the incident report states. Both the driver and the suspect were arrested and charged with possession of meth. While completing the arrest, the driver gave the deputy wrong identification information. He is also charged with providing law enforcement with a false identity.

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