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Aiken Man Arrested at ER after Johnston Woman Passes Note to Cashier at Store

web posted August 15, 2014

AIKEN   An Aiken man was arrested on an outstanding warrant at the Emergency Room at Aiken Regional Hospital after forcing his way into a Johnston woman's Slide Hill Road apartment and assaulting her late Tuesday night. Breashawn Darrell Epps, 21, of Aiken, was arrested when he and his victims arrived at the ER seeking treatment stemming from the attack.

According to an incident report released on Thursday, Epps went to the woman's home late Tuesday night and was banging on her door and windows yell for her to let him inside. The woman told the deputy that she sent Epps several texts telling him to leave and he continued trying to get her to let him inside. At one point she cracked open her door to tell Epps to leave and that is when he forced his way into the home and she retreated to the bedroom to get away from him.

He entered the room and reportedly threw her on the bed and began choking her. The woman was able to reach for a canister of mace she keeps by her bed and sprayed Epps to fend off the attack. Once realizing her had been sprayed he went into the bathroom to try to wash off the mace.

The woman reported that is when she grabbed her child, who was in the room and had been exposed to the mace, and attempted to flee and go to the ER to treat the child. However, Epps is said to have caught her before she could exit the house and dragged her back inside by her hair, taking her keys and phone and refusing to let her leave until he could put his clothes back on from where he was trying to wash off the mace.

They then got in the car together to go to the hospital but had to stop for gas. When the woman entered the store to pay for the gas she handed the clerk a note with her mother's information and told the clerk where they were going at that she was in fear of her and her child's life.

When they arrived at the hospital an Aiken County officer was waiting and took Epps into custody on an outstanding warrant for criminal domestic violence in Aiken County. A custody hold has been placed on Epps by Edgefield County with Aiken on charges stemming from the Tuesday night attack.

A booking photo from Aiken County was not available.

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