Police roundup | Coastal Carolina University student charged with assault, kidnapping

January 24, 2013 



Student charged in assault, kidnapping

A 20-year-old Coastal Carolina University sophomore was charged with assault and kidnapping after a woman reported he assaulted her at University Place, according to a police report.

Christopher Dequan Gentry, 20, of Spartanburg was charged with first-degree assault and battery and kidnapping and booked into J. Reuben Long Detention Center at 11:24 a.m. Tuesday, according to jail records. Gentry was released at 6:20 p.m. Wednesday on $15,000 bail.

The victim, whose age and hometown were redacted from the police report, told police that about 4:30 a.m. Sunday that Gentry assaulted her after he forced her into his apartment at The Cove at 1138 S.C. 544, according to the incident report.

The victim said Gentry forced her into his room, locked the door and assaulted her.

The victim suffered bite marks on her arms, cuts to her lips and marks under her eye and head where she had been punched, according to the report. She refused medical treatment.

Coastal Carolina University police arrested Gentry at the Edwards Building on Tuesday.


Woman charged after attack over blanket

A Myrtle Beach woman was charged with domestic violence after a 49-year-old man told police she got mad and choked him when he tried to pull more of the blanket over him while they were in bed late Wednesday, according to a police report.

Tina Berryhill Rucker, 42, was charged with criminal domestic violence after officers were called about 11 p.m. Wednesday to 307 Flagg St., for the incident, police said.

The victim told officers the couple was in bed when he pulled the blanket over and Rucker got mad, according to the report. The victim said Rucker jumped on top of him and choked him.

Officers noted the victim had signs of being choked and was bleeding on his neck from fingernails marks, according to the report.

Officers noted that Rucker was intoxicated and did not want to cooperate with police.



Church event to honor crash victims

Tickets go on sale Friday for a church sponsored event designed to help a grieving community after the loss of three Lighthouse of Jesus Christ church members in a car crash last November.

Edith Jackson, 55, and Angie Arthur, 45, both of Georgetown, and Melvira Johnson, 51, of Loris were killed while riding in a van from the church. Steven Morse, 36, of Jamestown was driving another vehicle involved and also died.

Deacon John Arthur was riding in the van and is still recovering from life-threatening injuries sustained in the crash, said Marilyn Hemingway with the church.

The church is hosting “God’s Trombones: Seven Negro Sermons in Verse,” on Feb. 23 at 6 p.m.

The sermons will be delivered by local pastors from Georgetown County with music from Ted Martin, the Gospel Music Workshop Choir, Zeb Harrison and Sounds of Praise – a trombone ensemble from Charlotte, N.C.

The loss of the women meant the loss of family breadwinners. Since their deaths the church has been helping the families short-term to make mortgage payments, donate food and cover utility bills, but said it’s not enough to help the families recover long-term.

The church hopes to raise at least $50,000 for the families. To learn more about making a donation, call Marilyn Hemingway at 734-834-2114 or Donald Gilliard at 240-0432.

Tickets to “God’s Trombones” cost $15 in advance and $20 at the door. To purchase tickets, call 527-4166.

From staff reports

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