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Newberry deputies seek man in kidnap, assault of wife

Apr 20, 2011 9:32:00 AM - thestate.com
A Newberry County man is wanted by deputies, accused of kidnapping and assaulting his estranged wife.

According to the sheriff's office, the couple, separated since October 2010, had a fight this morning at a Prosperity Citgo station where they had agreed to meet.

The woman told police her husband, Craig O'Neil Clark, 36, of Lazy Brook Drive, Chapin, leaned into her window and beat her in the head and face with his hands and a small metal pipe. She said he forced her into her passenger seat and took over the car, driving into Lexington County. She said he continued to hit her while driving.

On Lazy Brook Drive in Lexington County, the victim said she was able to steer the car into some trees and flee to a nearby home to the sound of shouted threats from the suspect. She called law enforcement from that house.

The victim required hospitalization for her injuries, which are described as non-life-threatening.

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