The Beaufort County Sheriff's Office is advising residents to be on the lookout for a Lady's Island man wanted for assaulting his girlfriend.
Deputies are searching for David Carl Mitchell, 24, on charges of aggravated criminal domestic violence and kidnapping after investigators say an argument Monday between Mitchell and his 24-year-old girlfriend turned violent.
The woman told deputies she and Mitchell were returning to their Jasmine Court home at about 1:30 a.m. when they began arguing. Deputies are unsure what the couple argued about, said Cpl. Robin McIntosh, sheriff's spokeswoman.
While the woman was behind the wheel, Mitchell punched her repeatedly in the head, face, neck and all over her upper body, according to the Sheriff's Office.
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When they arrived home, the woman told deputies, the violence continued. Mitchell dragged her into the house, where he choked her and continued to punch her, according to the Sheriff's Office.
After the attack, Mitchell blocked the home's exits, took the car keys and refused her access to her cell phone to call a taxi. Those actions resulted in a felony kidnapping charge. State law defines kidnapping as any attempt by someone to seize, confine, abduct or carry another person.
Mitchell eventually allowed the woman to go outside, where she ran to a nearby gas station and called a friend to pick her up, the report said.
McIntosh said investigators are unsure why the woman waited nearly 18 hours to report the attack to authorities. Her injuries did not require her to seek medical attention, though deputies advised her to do so, McIntosh said.
Mitchell is described as a white male, about 5-foot-11, 170 pounds with red hair and hazel eyes.
Mitchell has no previous arrest record in Beaufort County, according to the county's jail log. He faces up to 40 years in prison if convicted on all charges.