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Man Charged in Domestic Violence Incident

Daniel Prince

Woman taken to hospital after being assaulted

A Union man has been charged with criminal domestic violence of a high and aggravated nature in an incident with his live-in girlfriend. Sgt. Bryan Shaver with the Union Public Safety Department was dispatched to the Union Medical Center emergency room for an assault that had taken place around 6 a.m. on Sunday, October 9, at an apartment at 1208 West Main Street. He found the victim in an exam room, crying and very upset. She had visible injuries to her face around her left eye, with bruising and swelling.

She said she was assaulted by 36-year-old Travis Sentelle Bates. She said they got into an argument, and he came at her in an aggressive manner. She said she threw water at him to try and keep him from assaulting her, but he struck her in the face several times with a closed fist. She said she then picked up a wooden rod used for hanging clothes in the closet and hit him to try to stop him from assaulting her. She said he took the rod away and then struck her in the head and back with it before leaving the apartment. Her son went to her sister’s apartment to get her, and the sister took her to the ER. The nurse advised Shaver that the victim had a laceration to the head and large bruising and swelling to her back and left side. Shaver photographed the injuries and issued a victim’s advocate form.

Bates was arrested this past Thursday and booked into the Union County Detention Center. Bond was set at $20,000 by Judge Hines. He has since been released on bond.

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