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North Augusta man charged in connection to burglary, domestic incident

January 3, 2019

A North Augusta man was charged Sunday following two incidents involving the same 23-year-old victim.

Alexander Miguel Cruz, 24, of the 600 block of Lorraine Drive, is charged with second-degree burglary, second-degree domestic violence and kidnapping, according to jail records.

Aiken County Sheriff’s Office deputies responded to Lorraine Drive around 1 a.m. Sunday in reference to a domestic incident, according to the report.

Deputies arrived on the scene and the victim emerged from a bush she had been hiding behind, claiming the suspect had assaulted her, the report states.

The victim claimed the suspect showed up drunk to her residence, began accusing her of cheating on him and then started to assaulted her, according to the report.

The victim said the suspect choked her and punched her in the head multiple times before leaving the scene in a vehicle, the report states.

Around 11:30 a.m. Sunday, North Augusta Public Safety officers responded to Mealing Avenue in North Augusta and met with the same female victim, according to the report.

She said she had arrived home to find a rear window shattered out in what appeared to a burglary, the report states.

The victim said she believes the suspect broke in after leaving her on Lorraine Drive earlier in the morning, police reported.

North Augusta officers then located Cruz, arrested him and took him to the Aiken County detention center, where he was still being held Wednesday afternoon.

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