OCSO Arrests Summerville, SC Man on Multiple Domestic Violence and Kidnapping Charges


Joseph Caleb Owens


(Walhalla, SC)--------------------------------------The Oconee County Sheriff’s Office arrested a Summerville, SC man yesterday on multiple charges in relation to an ongoing domestic violence investigation.


26 year old Joseph Caleb Owens of Wellington Road was booked into the Oconee County Detention Center around 7:22pm yesterday after being arrested during a traffic stop on Clemson Boulevard Thursday afternoon. The victim in the incidents was also located on scene and was transported to the hospital for treatment of injuries.


In all, Owens has been charged with two counts each of Domestic Violence – 1st Degree and Kidnapping as well as one count of Domestic Violence of a High and Aggravated Nature. According to the arrest warrants obtained by an investigator from the Criminal Investigations Bureau, the incidents investigated on or about Wednesday of this week.


The first incident occurred on Keowee School Road near Evatt Road. According to the arrest warrants, Owens assaulted and choked the victim while also seizing and confining the victim inside of a vehicle, which was a silver 4 door Mercedes Benz sedan, which was the vehicle involved in the traffic stop yesterday.


The second incident occurred in the parking lot of a business on Highland Highway north of Walhalla. According to the arrest warrant and information obtained during the investigation, Owens struck and ran over the female with an open door on the vehicle, which caused the victim to fall to the ground while striking her head on the pavement.


The third incident occurred on Highlands Highway between Village Drive and Tunnel Town Road. In that incident, Owens drug the victim into the woods against her will, which caused an injury to her ankle, and choked her as well. During this time, Owens unlawfully seized and confined the victim without authority to do so.


At this time, due to health privacy and safety concerns, the victim’s name is not being released.


Owens has been served his arrest warrants and currently remains in custody at the Detention Center, at this time, on a $125,000 surety bond.



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