Report: Rock Hill man assaulted wife, father-in-law over cigarettes

rsouthmayd@heraldonline.comJanuary 8, 2014 

A Rock Hill man was charged with criminal domestic violence and assault and battery last week after a sheriff’s deputy was called to his father-in-law’s home, according to a York County Sheriff’s Office report.

When they arrived at the home, a man told the deputy his son-in-law, Brian Sturgis, 19, became hostile when his wife wouldn’t give him cigarettes, the report stated.

Sturgis then threatened his father-in-law with a knife before picking up a trash can and throwing it at them, according to the report. Sturgis then hit his father-in-law with his fists.

Sturgis told the deputy that his father-in-law hit him with a stick and Sturgis was only hitting him in self-defense. The father-in-law was holding a “medium-sized stick” when the officer arrived, but the deputy saw no sign that Sturgis had been hit.

The deputy did see a red mark on his wife’s back where she had been struck with the trash can. Sturgis was arrested and taken to the York County Detention Center, according to the report.

He was released on bond two days later.

Sturgis said Wednesday that he was only acting in self-defense. Sturgis said that it was his father-in-law’s actions that caused the trash can to hit his wife.

“I don’t think it was right that I got arrested on assault and battery when I was only self-defending myself in my house,” Sturgis said.

Rachel Southmayd •  803-329-4072

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