Beaufort News

Fight with wife leads to robbery, man says

A Bluffton man told deputies Tuesday he had been attacked and robbed on Hilton Head Island's Muddy Creek Road.

However, according to a release Wednesday from the Beaufort County Sheriff's Office, "the victim was able to provide only vague details about his attackers, as he was admittedly intoxicated at the time."

According to the release, the 35-year-old man told deputies he and his wife were driving back from Florida, arguing much of the way. He said he got out of the car near U.S. 278 and University Park and his wife drove away, so he walked to a nearby gas station and asked a man for a ride home.

He got into a dark Mazda SUV with a man and a woman. Instead of taking him home, the couple took him to apartments near Belfair. Once there, the vehicle's driver said he had to go to Hilton Head before taking the man home to Woodbridge in Bluffton.

The man and the driver then switched cars, getting into a white Volkswagen driven by another woman, the release said.

The three traveled to the island and drove to Spanish Wells Road. They pulled into a driveway off Muddy Creek Road. As the man sat talking to the driver, he was suddenly pulled from the SUV by a group of people and thrown to the ground where he was kicked and punched.

During the robbery, the attackers took about $1,200 in cash, along with the man's wallet and cell phone.

The man and woman then drove away in the Volkswagen, leaving the Bluffton man behind.

About 9:15 p.m., the victim walked to a nearby home, where he asked to call police. He was taken to Hilton Head Hospital for treatment of minor cuts and scratches and was released, according to the news release.

Investigators later found a white Volkswagen Jetta in front of an island residence. The homeowner did not know who the car belonged to and asked that it be towed away, the release said.

Anyone with information about the incident is asked to call either Sgt. L. Albertin at 843-255-3413 or the Beaufort County Dispatch Center at 843-524-2777.

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