Myrtle Beach police charged a 64-year-old man after a woman reported he choked her and hit her in the face during an argument that began after he asked why she had not called him all day, according to a police report.
John Edward Michael, 64, of Myrtle Beach was charged with criminal domestic violence of a high and aggravated nature after officers were called about 2 a.m. Thursday to 1510 Coastal Lane, police said.
Officers found the 46-year-old woman barefoot, crying and appeared to be in fear for her life, according to the report. The officer learned from the victim that Michael had choked and hit her before she was able to get away from him and call police.
The victim said she told Michael she had been busy at work preparing for the upcoming Martin Luther King Day and did not have time to call him, according to the report. Michael told officers that the couple had argued and he pulled her hair, but then he declined to make any other statements.
EMS treated the victim, who refused to go to the hospital. Officers determined Michael was the primary aggressor and he was taken to jail.