Aiken man arrested on bench warrant after missing court in domestic violence case

March 9, 2019

An Aiken County man was arrested Tuesday on a bench warrant for not coming to court for a domestic violence charge. The charge stems from a 2017 incident involving a woman at a residence in Warrenville.

Michael Shane Rider, 43, is charged with first-degree domestic violence, according to jail records.

In relation to this charge, he was scheduled to be in court on Feb. 5, but failed to appear and a bench warrant was issued.

On July 9, 2017, Aiken County Sheriff’s Office deputies responded to the Amazing Grace Road in Warrenville around 8 p.m. to meet with the victim who claimed her boyfriend, Rider, had assaulted her during an argument over “personal matters” in their relationship, according to the report.

The victim told investigators Rider had pushed her down into a recliner and held his foot over her throat in order to choke her, police reported.

Rider then allegedly let the victim get up from the recliner and as she was walking away, came up behind her and put her in a rear choke hold until she passed out, the report states.

After losing consciousness from being strangled, the victim claims she woke up on the floor with Rider straddling her, and blowing in her face, according to the report.

The victim managed to get to her car and attempted to leave but Rider punched the windshield, causing it to crack. She then reversed the vehicle out of the driveway and Rider allegedly threw a brick, breaking a headlight, police said.

EMS transported the victim to an Augusta hospital for treatment while deputies searched the area for Rider.

He was located walking on Piney Heights Road. Police arrested him on July 9 and took him to the Aiken County detention center, where he later bonded out.

He was in the detention center as of Wednesday afternoon.