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Oconee County Sheriff’s Office Arrests Seneca Man on Kidnapping and Domestic Violence Charges

Matthew Shane Durham

(Walhalla, SC)---------------------------------A Seneca man remains in jail today, pending a bond hearing, on charges of Kidnapping and Domestic Violence of a High and Aggravated Nature.

31 year old Matthew Shane Durham, of Morgan Lane, was booked into the Oconee County Detention Center around 10:54am Thursday. Durham was arrested after deputies conducted an investigation in response to a disturbance call yesterday morning on Edens Lane near Seneca.

Upon arriving on scene, deputies from the Uniform Patrol Bureau began their investigation after making contact with Durham and the victim, an adult female. Deputies observed a physical manifestation on the victim due to an assault that had occurred. Deputies also gathered evidence from the scene.

A deputy also administered first aid to the victim by applying a tourniquet to one of the victim’s legs due to bleeding. As the investigation continued, deputies learned that the victim’s freedom of movement was restricted as the victim was reportedly not allowed to leave the bathroom of the residence from Wednesday evening until Thursday morning.

The victim was transported to the hospital for further treatment. After Durham was placed under arrest, he was transported to jail.

According to arrest warrants, Durham held the victim prisoner, unlawfully seizing and confining her, as well as choking her, punching her with his fist and stabbing her twice in the left thigh with a folding pocket knife.

Due to the nature of the crime, as well as for health and safety privacy reasons, neither the victim’s name nor any details of her condition or location will be released by the Oconee County Sheriff’s Office.

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