Convicted Rock Hill felon accused of brutally beating ex-girlfriend

jmcfadden@heraldonline.comJanuary 28, 2013 

— A Rock Hill man whose criminal past includes convictions for violent assault was charged with kidnapping Sunday after police say he brutally beat his ex-girlfriend for two hours and refused to allow her to get dressed.

By Monday, 48-year-old Dwayne Fitzgerald Sims, of 639 E. Main St., Apt. B, was still in jail, awaiting a bond hearing.

Around 9 a.m. Sunday, police went to a Huntington Court house after receiving calls about an assault. Police met with a 43-year-old woman and could tell that she had been beaten, according to a Rock Hill Police report. The woman told officers that Sims, her ex-boyfriend, became angry when she began deleting text messages from her phone.

Sims followed her into the bathroom and began punching her, the report states, before he choked her until she became lightheaded and “started seeing stars.”

According to the report, Sims then tried to drown his ex-girlfriend in the bathtub by holding her head under water. The woman said Sims continued to beat her for two hours before he threatened to slit her throat, wrap her body in sheets and carry her off into the woods.

The woman kicked Sims and tried to clean her wounds. The woman said Sims sat on the edge of the bed and loaded his gun, but never pointed it at her. Every time she tried to get dressed, he pushed her back on the bed.

The woman said she convinced Sims that they needed to clean their cars. Sims finally let her leave the apartment and she drove to her mother’s house.

Police photographed the woman’s injuries. Police found Sims trying to flee the apartment with his uncle, the report states. When officers cuffed him, Sims said he didn’t have a gun and told them, “good luck finding one.” Officers searched his car and found 37 bullets. He was arrested and charged with kidnapping and criminal domestic violence of a high and aggravated nature.

Sims’ criminal history is extensive, dating back to the 1980s, and including convictions for breaking and entering and grand larceny, according to records with the State Law Enforcement Division.

In 1985, he was convicted of assault and battery with the intent to kill, and sentenced to eight years in prison. That same year he was charged with attempted escape from jail and six counts of forgery. Two years were added to his sentence.

In 1991, he was placed on 18 months’ probation for possession of cocaine and then later for selling a stolen pistol. In both 1995 and 1998, he spent 30 days in jail for criminal domestic violence. He was imprisoned at the state Department of Corrections in 2003 for unlawfully carrying a weapon.

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