The boyfriend of a woman, who was charged Wednesday in connection with an assault following an argument about a cinnamon bun in Myrtle Beach, has been arrested in connection with a domestic assault a day earlier, according to authorities.
Latavius Tyrone Stephens, 31, was charged Thursday with criminal domestic violence of a high and aggravated nature in connection with an incident that happened Tuesday, according to Myrtle Beach police records.
Stephens was the victim of an assault on Wednesday in which Amy Joe Derepentigny, 34, was charged with attempted murder and unlawful neglect of a child or helpless person and was booked Wednesday into the J. Reuben Long Detention Center, according to jail records.
Derepentigny told Myrtle Beach police she was assaulted by Stephens prior to her arrest, according to a police report. She told authorities she was strangled by Stephens in front of her son, according to the report.
Derepentigny told police that she was sitting in a car with Stephens when they got into an argument. Derepentigny said Stephens threatened to hit her after she called him a racial slur, according to authorities.
Derepentigny said she told him to “go ahead,” according to the report. Stephens said he didn’t want to because they were at his family member’s home. Derepentigny then told him to drive off the property and do it because she was tired of him making threats, police said.
Derepentigny said Stephens then reached over and began strangling her, and she said she almost passed out. Derepentigny said her son was there and screamed for him to stop, according to the report.
Derepentigny told police he also grabbed her by her hair and tried to pull her over the middle console and out of the driver’s side door. Her seat belt was on, and she said she didn’t take it off.
In a separate report, police arrested Derepentigny in connection with the attempted murder that she and Stephens argued at a local gas station about not having enough money for a cinnamon bun before driving to the home at the 400 block of 28th Avenue North where the incident happened, police said.
Derepentigny told Stephens, “If you step in front of this car, I’ll run you over,” according to the report.
Derepentigny then quickly accelerated toward the victim and attempted to strike him in a 2000 Ford Expedition, police said.
Stephens told police that he did some “high stepping” to get out of Derepentigny’s way when she allegedly drove toward him, and she then ran the vehicle into the fence of a nearby apartment building, according to the report.