Augusta man faces charges stemming from two separate domestic incidents in Aiken

December 20, 2018

An Augusta man was charged Tuesday in connection with a 2017 domestic incident after police were called to another domestic incident he was involved in on Newberry Street on Sunday.

Justin Ryan Baker, of Corbin Place in Augusta, is charged with first-degree domestic violence, two counts of malicious injury to personal property, third-degree assault and battery and possession of a controlled substance, according to jail records.

Aiken Public Safety officers responded to the 500 block of Newberry Street around 1 a.m. Sunday in reference to a domestic assault, according to the report.

Upon arrival, officers met with a 22-year-old woman who claimed she and Baker (her boyfriend) had gotten into a fight, the report states.

The victim said Baker took her iPhone and broke it with his hands in the yard, according to the report.

She said he “pretended” to hit her multiple times and threw a drink on her before fleeing the scene, the report states.

Investigators found Baker at a nearby gas station on York Street. He told them he had just ingested a large amount of sleeping pills, police reported.

Baker was taken to a nearby hospital and warrants were issued for for third-degree assault and battery and malicious injury to personal property, according to the report.

His other charges stem from an incident on Aug. 12, 2017, where it was reported he assaulted a 25-year-old woman on Carriage Drive in Aiken.

Officers found the victim with two children at the H. Odell Weeks Activities Center and she had blood coming from her lip, police reported.

She claimed Baker had assaulted her during an argument, according to the report.

Baker was released from the hospital on Tuesday and taken to the Aiken County detention center, where he was still being held Wednesday afternoon.

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