Argument about cigarettes ends with arrest of Myrtle Beach man on assault charge

troot@thesunnews.comMay 3, 2013 

— Myrtle Beach police charged a 43-year-old man in connection with a woman being assaulted during an argument about cigarettes, according to a police report.

James Kenneth Goodenow, 43, of Myrtle Beach was charged with criminal domestic violence of a high and aggravated nature after officers were called at 3 a.m. Thursday to a home at 601 Fifth Ave. N., police said.

Goodenow was being held at 7:30 a.m. Friday at J. Reuben Long Detention Center on $10,000 bond, according to jail records.

A 23-year-old woman told Myrtle Beach police she and Goodenow had been together for about three years and on Thursday they argued about cigarettes before Goodenow punched her in the face until she fell on the ground, according to the report. While on the ground, the victim said Goodenow kicked her in the face until she was able to get away and run out of the house.

The victim said Goodenow threatened to kill her if she called police, according to the report. The victim had a large lump on her head and blood on her shirt, but refused to be taken to a hospital for treatment.

The victim told officers that Goodenow had took her purse, cellphone and her dog when he left the house, according to the report. Other officers took Goodenow into custody when he returned to the house.

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