A woman kicked out a window to alert Myrtle Beach police she needed help after the man who allegedly assaulted her told her not to open the door for the officers, authorities said.
Police were called about 1:30 p.m. Wednesday to an apartment building at 6702 Jefferson Place, off 67th Avenue North, where a 24-year-old woman reported the incident, according to a police report.
Officers said they received a call about a disturbance at the home, but when they arrived it appeared that no one was there. A policeman knocked on the door and no one answered. He was walking back to his car when he saw an upstairs window being kicked out, authorities said.
Once inside, the victim told police that Adrian Thomas, 25, had left out the backdoor after he argued with her, hit her in the mouth, and put his hands on her throat, police said.
The victim also told police that when Thomas saw the police car, he told her not to open the door. She said she kicked out the window so the officers would know she was there and needed help, according to the report.
Police said the victim’s neighbors told them Thomas jumped the fence and took off in a car. Thomas came back to the home a short time later, and police arrested him.
Thomas was taken to the Myrtle Beach Jail and charged with criminal domestic violence, police said.