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Florence man charged with punching, choking woman in Myrtle Beach

A Florence man was arrested in Myrtle Beach on charges he punched and choked a woman inside a motel room, according to a police report.

John Frederick King, 39, was charged with criminal domestic violence of a high and aggravated nature after police were called at 2:15 a.m. Sunday to 1561 21st Ave., N., police said.

A 35-year-old woman told police she and King had been dating since April and they argued at the location and she was locked out of their room, according to the report. The woman said she got a key from the front desk and when she went back into the room King assaulted her.

The woman said King punched her in the face, grabbed her by the neck, choked her and pulled her hair before she was able to get away, the report shows. The woman was treated at the scene by EMS.

Police stopped King, who had driven away from the motel, at 21st Avenue North and U.S. 17 Bypass, according to the report.