Man kidnapped, punched woman arrested after standoff, Greer Police say

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GREER, SC (WSPA) – Greer Police Department officials said a standoff ended Thursday morning after a man, wanted on several charges related to an earlier domestic violence incident, initially refused to come out of a home on Cotter Lane.

According to Greer Police Lt. Patrick Fortenberry, officers responded to the home around 1:40 a.m. to serve warrants on Christopher Melvin Chamberlain, 24, of Greer, for domestic violence of a high and aggravated nature, kidnapping and unlawful neglect of a child.

A Greer Police report said officers responded to the home on Cotter Lane on Wednesday night just before 10 p.m. in reference to a domestic violence incident.

When officers arrived on-scene, a victim said that her live in boyfriend, Chamberlain, had punched her in the eye on Aug. 7.

The victim said she and Chamberlain had lived together for around 2 months and have a child together.

Police said the victim’s eye was bruised and that the white of her eye was still red.

The victim said Chamberlain got angry with her because she was Skyping with Chamberlain’s mother and he reportedly did not tell her she could, and after she got off the phone, he got in her face and was yelling at her.

According to the report, the victim tried to get away from Chamberlain, but he pushed her into the bathroom door. She was reportedly holding her daughter when she was pushed into the door.

The victim then tried to push their alarm system, as well as get out of the front door, but Chamberlain got to the door first and pushed her against the county.

She then went into the dining room, but Chamberlain then pulled her hair saying “come back.”

The victim was able to get free and ran to the front door, but again Chamberlain got to the door first and was arguing with her.

According to the report, the victim tried to push him away, and he punched her in the right eye while still holding the child.

The woman then tried to get her cellphone, but Chamberlain reportedly wrestled her and threw her phone.

“Chamberlain would not allow her to move from the couch and eventually dragged her upstairs with her daughter in her arms,” from the report.

In the report, the victim said he locked her in the room for around three and a half hours, saying Chamberlain physically locked both locks on the door and also stood inside the room in the front of the door.

The victim said she then left for Virginia for a couple of days after the incident and on her way home, she filed the report.

Police said the victim said she stayed at another location because Chamberlain was at their house and said she was unable to see out of her eye for the first two days after the incident.

The woman told police that Chamberlain had guns in the house and has threatened her life and her child’s life in the past.

The victim said Chamberlain said he would “take them both out” if she reported the incident to police, and reportedly insinuated that he would kill himself and her.

Officers responded to the home early Thursday morning after acquiring warrants on Chamberlain.

After knocking on the door, police said he came to the window of the home and looked at the officer for several seconds.

Officer said they shined their flashlight so it was obvious that they were at the door, and Chamberlain walked away.

Greer Emergency Response Team responded to the home and after standoff that lasted for several hours, Chamberlain was taken into custody.

Police were assisted by Greenville County deputies in using a robot to deploy gas to try to get him out of the home.

According to police, Chamberlain was found upstairs in the home hiding in the upstairs closet and was taken into custody. 

He was additionally charged with resisting arrest following the incident.

Chamberlain was denied bond at a hearing Thursday morning at the Greer City Court.

Police said a couple of nearby houses were evacuated as a precaution during the incident.

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