COLLETON COUNTY, S.C. (WCBD) – A man has been arrested after police say he held his live-in girlfriend hostage for three days.
According to the Colleton County Sheriff’s Office, deputies responded to the Colleton County Medical Center after receiving reports of an aggravated assault.
Upon arrival, deputies spoke with a female victim who stated her boyfriend, 44-year-old Roger Lee Peagler, held her hostage for the past three days while physically assaulting her repeatedly with a firearm and his personal weapons.
Peagler was arrested and initially charged with domestic violence high and aggravated. Those charges now include kidnapping, possession of a weapon during a violent crime and felony possession of a firearm.
Further investigation revealed Peagler had been sedating the victim with traces of methamphetamines mixed with muscle relaxers in her soft drinks to keep her incoherent.
Deputies say she became coherent after several days and realized Peagler was vacant from the residence and immediately called someone for help. That is when she was transported to Colleton County Medical Center for treatment.
Medical personnel examined the victim and immediately contacted law enforcement to advise them that they had a patient who had been severely beaten, bruises covered the victim’s entire body. The victim was also suffering from seizures due to the severity of the violence that took place.
Deputies say Peagler has been arrested on similar charges in the past.
A bond hearing is set for Tuesday afternoon at the Colleton County Magistrates Office.