Bluffton man arrested in Beaufort girlfriend's kidnapping

rlurye@islandpacket.comJuly 17, 2014 

Joshua Dooley


A 20-year-old Bluffton man was arrested Thursday, accused of holding his girlfriend in his home against her will, according to the Bluffton Police Department.

Joshua Dooley was charged with kidnapping and third-degree assault and battery, according to court records. His girlfriend arrived at the police department Thursday and told officers she had just escaped from Dooley's home on Heather Glenn Lane, Maj. Joseph Manning said.

The 20-year-old Beaufort woman told police she was staying at a friend's house in the same neighborhood when she went to ask Dooley for a ride, Manning said. He refused and became angry, grabbed a pin off her backpack and went into his house, according to Manning.

When the woman went to retrieve the pin, Dooley opened his door, kicked her in the stomach and pulled her inside, locking the door behind her, Manning said. The pair struggled for the next half-hour until the woman was able to leave through a back door, according to Manning.

The woman told police she elbowed, head-butted and bit Dooley in her attempt to escape. She also suffered bite marks on her back and redness on her neck, but the injuries did not require treatment, Manning said.

Dooley was taken to the Beaufort County Detention Center, where he was released on a $10,000 personal recognizance bond.

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