Woman claims she was assaulted outside her home on Wentworth Street

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CHARLESTON, SC (WCBD) – A Charleston woman said she was verbally and physically assaulted outside her downtown home because of a banner hanging on her driveway gate.

According to an incident report, Charleston police officers were dispatched to a home on Wentworth Street Thursday where they met with the victim, Ellen Harley, who said an unknown male stopped his car in the roadway in front of their home.

Mrs. Harley said the man then shouted and honked his car horn at her and her husband due to being upset about the banner which they had hung on the outside gate to their driveway.

The report says she then took a picture of the subject and license plate on his vehicle, but he became angry and allegedly slapped her hand, knocking her cellphone to the ground.

“The police have an excellent photo of the assailant and his license number,” Harley said in a press release to News 2. “We do not know who this person is or his motivation.”

In the release, which was sent to us by both Mrs. Harley and Audrey Coats, said they believe the incident was related to a banner which allegedly “promotes humane treatment of carriage animals.”

The subject is described as a white male, 5’11” in height and 220 lbs. He was driving a green Chevrolet Impala at the time of the incident.

Mrs. Harley told police she was not injured nor was her cellphone damaged.

Anyone with information can call the Charleston Police Department.

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