Crime & Public Safety

Update: Husband ties up and beats wife’s alleged lover in Beaufort County home, police say

911 call led police to man, woman “bound with rope and duct tape” in St. Helena home

An open 911 line led police to a man and woman "bound with rope and duct tape" inside a Chaplin Drive home on St. Helena Island. Two men — including the homeowner — were arrested and charged with kidnapping. Here's what we know.
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An open 911 line led police to a man and woman "bound with rope and duct tape" inside a Chaplin Drive home on St. Helena Island. Two men — including the homeowner — were arrested and charged with kidnapping. Here's what we know.

Correction: A previous version of this story misstated the relationship between the female victim and one of the suspects. The female victim is the wife of the second victim.

A man was charged with kidnapping and first-degree assault and battery Monday night after deputies found a woman and his wife’s alleged lover bound with rope and duct tape in a St. Helena Island home, a Beaufort County Sheriff’s Office police report says.

A second man also was charged in the incident.

Around 8:30 p.m., deputies responded to the home on Chaplin Drive after they received a 911 hang-up call from the area and heard a “violent confrontation,” a news release said.

Deputies knocked on doors and windows of the home but received no response. They were advised to wait until the Beaufort County Sheriff’s Office Special Weapons and Tactics team arrived to enter the home.

When they entered, they found a woman and man both bound with rope and duct tape, according to the report. It says the man was not moving and had blood coming from his head.

The Island Packet and The Beaufort Gazette have not named the woman and man found bound in the home because they are victims of a crime.

A news release said the man was seriously injured and transported to Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston.

Deputies found two other men inside the home: homeowner Justin Granet, 41, and Don Bliss, also 41, of Beaufort.

Bliss at first “appeared to be tied-up,” the report says. One of the victims later identified him as a suspect.

Granet was charged with kidnapping and first-degree assault and battery.

Bliss was charged with kidnapping, first-degree assault and battery, and possession of a weapon in the commission of a violent crime.

An individual outside the home told deputies that the male victim was an alleged lover of one of the suspect’s wives, according to the police report.

Both men were booked into the Beaufort County Detention Center early Tuesday morning.

During a search of the home, investigators found the blunt object they believe may have been used to beat the man, two firearms, and about four pounds of marijuana, the release said.

The investigation into the incident is ongoing.

Lana Ferguson has covered crime, police, and other news for The Island Packet & Beaufort Gazette since June 2018. Before coming to the Lowcountry, she worked for publications in her home state of Virginia and graduated from the University of Mississippi, where she was editor of the college newspaper.


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