Myrtle Beach police charge Timmonsville man with kidnapping

troot@thesunnews.comMarch 10, 2014 

Mark Drost

Myrtle Beach police charged a Timmonsville man in connection with a woman being assaulted and held against her will in an Ocean Boulevard motel room, according to authorities.

Mark Ernest Drost, 37, of Timmonsville was charged early Sunday with kidnapping after officers were called at 6 a.m. to 311 N. Ocean Blvd., police said.

When officers arrived to the room at the Wayfarer Motel, they heard a man and woman arguing, so the officer knocked on the door and a 36-year-old woman answered, according to the report. The woman was listed as the victim in the report and officers noted she appeared to be intoxicated.

The victim had a red mark on her face, which the officer noted in the report appeared to be a partial handprint. The victim said she had been living with Drost for about 11 months and they argued and he hit her in the face and would not allow her to leave the room.

Drost told police he argued with the victim, but did not hit her, according to the report.

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