SC man charged with assaulting officer at Rock Hill hotel

A South Carolina man who tried searching rooms at a Rock Hill hotel for his spouse kicked a police officer in the knee, and in return was hit in the torso with a Taser on Sunday, authorities say.

Just after midnight, the night desk manager at the Courtyard Marriott hotel on River Run Court told officers that Norris Simmons, 69, of Beaufort came into the hotel and tried searching several rooms to find his spouse, according to a Rock Hill police report. Simmons shoved the manager, the report states, and refused to leave the hotel when asked.

An officer found Simmons, agitated and uncooperative with hotel staff, on the first floor near the pool, the report states. While the officer began interviewing him, Simmons allegedly “erupted” and “aggressively kicked” him in his right knee. The officer deployed his Taser, striking Simmons in the torso. Once on the ground, the officer arrested him and took him to jail, where he was charged with third-degree assault and battery.

It’s unclear if Simmons ever found his spouse.