A Bluffton man was charged with two counts of kidnapping and second-degree burglary Friday after he tried to force his ex-girlfriend and her 2-year-old daughter into his car, according to a Beaufort County Sheriff’s Office report. Now, he’s in jail on a $55,000 bond.
Max Almazan, 29, was arrested around 5 p.m. after deputies were called to a residence around on Heartstone Circle in Bluffton.
One deputy wrote in the report that as he arrived at the residence, another deputy was holding Almazan at gunpoint while Almazan sat in his vehicle some distance from the home. He was later arrested, invoked his right to an attorney, and did not speak with deputies.
The victim told deputies that Almazan showed up at her home shortly before 5 p.m. and tried to get inside through the garage.
“(The victim) stated as soon as she heard someone banging on her door outside, she called the police,” the report said. “(The victim) stated she could hear (Almazan) beating against the garage door, which led into the house.”
The woman waited for officers to arrive in a bedroom with her child. As they waited, Almazan came around the side of the house and broke a bedroom window before climbing inside, the report said.
“Almazan then started yelling at her, ‘Let’s go, let’s go, let’s go!’ and took her cell phone from her,” the report said.
The victim ran to the living room with her child. At that point, Almazan allegedly grabbed the woman by her shirt and pulled her to the front door where he grabbed her arm and began to pull her outside, the report said.
He then grabbed a child seat from the porch and put it in his car before running back and attempting to grab the woman’s daughter from her arms, the report said. When the child screamed, Almazan “immediately let go” and left “due to hearing police sirens.”
The victim said she and Almazan dated for four months , that he had never lived in her residence and that the two did not share any children.
A week ago, the woman got a new phone number and blocked Almazan’s number along with all her social media accounts. He also made an appearance at her mother’s place of work an hour before he allegedly broke into the victim’s home, the report said.
The Sheriff’s Office had previously taken a report on Jan. 23 when the victim said Almazan told her he “was going to hurt her.”
The deputy who pulled Almazan over Friday wrote that the victim called 911 and could be overheard screaming “what are you doing?” and “help” as the line was disconnected several times. When the deputy saw a vehicle traveling away from the woman’s home, he blocked the road and ordered the driver to show his hands.
The man, later identified as Almazan, did not do so immediately, and the deputy drew his firearm until backup arrived and Almazan was arrested.
As of Monday afternoon, Almazan remained in custody at the Beaufort County Detention Center.