Wednesday, July 31, 2013
The following incidents were obtained from Goose Creek Police Department reports:
• On the evening of July 23 a St. James Avenue athletic club saw a more aggressive type of physical strain when a third-degree assault occurred.
A man and woman were playing basketball and engaged in “trash talk” during the game. During the next game the male complainant stood on the sidelines and continued to trash talk the female. At first the complainant said the female grabbed his neck but later said she grabbed his shirt collar. He was able to break free of her grasp, bringing an end to the incident.
The complainant then approached the female’s boyfriend and asked how he would have reacted if he had punched his girlfriend. The complainant said he did not know how to handle the situation so he approached the front desk and called police to document the incident. The two were on opposing teams and guarding each other. The female told police while on the court there were no problems between the two but he would not stop trash talking her from the sidelines. She became more irritated the more he was taunting her.
She said she got frustrated, walked over, grabbed him by his shirt and asked, “What is your problem?” She said she did not intend to cause physical harm and was caught up in the heat of the moment. She said she did not understand why he called police nearly two hours after the incident. When police arrived the complainant told them the incident had just occurred. When police told him multiple witnesses said the incident occurred two hours ago he did not respond. The complainant changed his mind several times as to whether he wanted to press charges or not. He requested a police lieutenant because he thought the responding officer wasn’t handling the case properly. The complainant received an apology from the female after the lieutenant arrived. He then became accusatory and uncooperative. The female said she understood further investigative processes and would cooperate as needed.
• About 30 minutes later on the same night at the same athletic club, an employee called police after finding an abandoned gym bag in the gym. The employee said this is common and usually bags are placed in lost and found. While looking through the bag to find a possible owner’s name, the employee found two bags of what he believed to be marijuana and called police.
The bag also contained two back braces, seven cloth straps and two bottles of fingernail polish remover. The green, leafy plant-like material was collected as evidence.