Police: Rock Hill domestic violence suspect slammed girlfriend’s head on ground

A Rock Hill man was charged with criminal domestic violence after assaulting his girlfriend while they were driving early Sunday, according to Rock Hill Police.

Officers say they found the woman sitting in her vehicle near India Hook Road and McDow Drive about 5:45 a.m. Sunday. She was shaking and scared, and told officers she and her boyfriend had just dropped a friend off after a party when they began to argue, a police report states.

Her boyfriend, Tomario James, with whom she has a child, took the keys out of the ignition when the car stopped at the intersection and threw them into the street, according to the police report. James, age 26, is accused of hitting the woman, pulling her out of the front passenger door, and “hitting her head (on) the ground,” the report states.

The victim, who had grass in her hair and on her back, was able to stand up and get a tire iron from the trunk of the car but said she never hit him with it, police said. She declined medical treatment.

Officers later found James shirtless on Oakland Avenue, the report states. He told police he and his girlfriend got into an argument and she tried to hit him with a tire iron.

Police records show James was charged with third-degree criminal domestic violence and taken to the Rock Hill city jail. He was released Sunday.