Police: Man accused of ‘kidnapping’ girlfriend at Rock Hill motel

jmcfadden@heraldonline.comJune 24, 2013 

— A woman wearing only her underwear ran from a Rock Hill hotel room Saturday after her boyfriend tried to keep her confined in their room when he became angry that she poured out the liquor they had been drinking, according to police.

At about 10 p.m., police were sent to the Howard Johnson Inn on Riverview Road where they found a bald-headed man, later identified as Robert Johnston IV, arguing with a man who wielded a baseball bat, according to a Rock Hill police report. Police realized that the man with the bat was trying to help a woman who claimed Johnston, 33, assaulted her.

Johnston told police that his girlfriend “flipped out” and ran outside so he tried to pull her back in so she would not cause a scene, the report states. He grabbed her wrist and picked her up, putting her back in the room. That’s when the other man, 54, told him to stop attacking the woman.

The woman told police Johnston got mad at her after she poured out his liquor, the report states. She said Johnston jumped on top of her while she was in bed and refused to let her get up. When wriggled free, she ran outside only to realize she was still in her underwear.

She ran back inside to grab her pants and call police, but Johnston hung up the phone. She ran outside again only for Johnston to grab her by her hair as he tried to pull her inside. She grabbed hold of a railing, but Johnston grabbed her wrist until she let go. Back in the room, she told police Johnston stood over her and demanded that she not leave. Johnston walked out the room, during which the woman locked the door.

A witness told officers she saw the woman outside in her underwear and Johnston grab her. The witness’ husband confronted Johnston, leading to an argument, police said.

According to police, Johnston and the woman never lived together and have only been dating for a few months. The woman was taken to Piedmont Medical Center after suffering injuries to her wrist, which contained pins and plates after injuries she received in a previous accident.

Police charged Johnston, of Stanley, N.C., with kidnapping. He is jailed at the York County Detention Center on a $5,000 bond.

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