South Carolina man attacks girlfriend, sets lost stimulus check on fire to pay back child support, police say
SPARTANBURG, South Carolina (AP) – A South Carolina man is in custody for allegedly attacking his girlfriend twice and starting several fires because he was angry that his $ 600 stimulus check was taken by the government to pay back child support for children.
At a press conference on Friday, Spartanburg County Sheriff Chuck Wright said Ray Michael Bradford Jr., 36, of Spartanburg, had been charged with attempted murder, three counts of arson and malicious destruction of property.
Bradford appeared on Thursday before an examining magistrate where his bail was refused, The Spartanburg Herald-Journal reported. It was not known if Bradford had a lawyer who could speak on his behalf.
Wright said the Bradford victim was treated at Spartanburg Medical Center for multiple injuries to his face, head, neck and body.
“She was beaten very badly,” said Wright. “She may need to have surgery to fix a broken nose and broken jaw.”
The victim told MPs that her boyfriend started attacking her in their home. She said she was hit with a lamp and a table stand and slammed the ground several times, Wright said.
Sheriff’s Office spokesman Lt. Kevin Bobo said in a statement the victim was able to leave her home and run towards Cleveland Park, but Bradford chased and assaulted her again, dragging her towards a pond, said Bobo. She was able to break free again and ran to a neighbor who called 911, he said.
After the assault, MPs say Bradford started several fires, one in their home and at least two vehicles. He was captured, holding a bottle full of gasoline, after being seen walking on Highway 221, Bobo said.
“He decided he was angry because he didn’t have his $ 600 to spend the way he wanted,” Wright said.
The stimulus money was seized to help pay the child support Bradford owed, he said.