Aiken man charged in 2018 assault of woman, child
An Aiken man was charged Sunday in connection with violent assault on a 30-year-old woman and one of her young children in November 2018.
Antonio Demarco Alvelo, 28, of Twilight Lane, is charged with first-degree assault and battery, kidnapping, unlawful neglect of a child, driving under suspension, use of a vehicle without permission, according to jail records.
On Nov. 22, Aiken Public Safety officers responded around 4 a.m. to a home on Cornish Street in reference to a disturbance and met with a woman who said she called police after hearing her neighbor screaming in the front yard, according to the report.
The neighbor said the victim had been physically assaulted by her boyfriend and left with him in their SUV, the report states.
The victim’s children were left with the complainant, police reported.
Officers spoke with the victim’s children, who claimed their mother and the suspect got into a fight over the keys to the vehicle. They claimed the suspect started hitting their mother with a closed fist and then he struck one of the children who tried to intervene, police reported.
The victim returned later in the day without the suspect and police went over to question her.
She said she arrived home from work and saw the suspect in her car with an unknown female sitting in a vehicle parked behind hers. She said she tried to get the keys from the suspect, but he got out and started hitting her with a closed fist, according to the report.
The victim said the suspect assaulted her multiple times, pushing her into furniture and causing it to break, the report states.
She said the assault happened in front of her young children and she tried to call 911, but he grabbed her phone and threw it against the wall in an attempt to break it, the report states.
Following the altercation, the victim said she and the suspect got in the car to go to his mother’s house. During the drive, the suspect continued to assault the victim and even attempted to drag her out of the car on the side of the roadway, according to the report.
Investigators then issued arrest warrants for Alvelo. He turned himself to the Aiken County Sheriff’s Office on Sunday and was taken to the Aiken County detention center, where he is still being held as of Tuesday afternoon.