| The Daytona Beach News-Journal
A South Carolina truck driver beat and threatened to kill a Daytona Beach woman at a motel where he met her for sex after contacting her on a dating app, police said.
The tractor trailer driver, Brian Summerson, 25, of Dillon, South Carolina, was arrested early Monday and charged with battery causing bodily harm, false imprisonment and tampering with a witness/deprivation of a 9-1-1 call. Summerson was being held in the Volusia County Branch Jail on Tuesday without bail.
An arrest report shows police were called to a Daytona Beach motel by an anonymous person who heard a woman screaming and kicking the walls in a neighboring room, an arrest report states. The name of the motel was redacted from the police report.
Officers responding to the motel at 4:55 a.m. on Monday found a half-naked woman in a room sitting on the floor by a bed facing a window. Summerson was sitting next to her, police said.
When police asked what was happening, Summerson was quick to answer that he was in the area looking for an ATM machine when he heard the woman screaming and found that she had been assaulted by two suspects he saw running out with her purse, a report states.
Summerson said he ran after the men but could not catch up to them. He claimed he saw them jump over a wall, and then entered the room to comfort the victim, police said.
Investigators noticed that the woman appeared nervous and intimidated, so they separated Summerson from her, a report states.
The woman then told police that earlier in the night Sunday, she had made contact with Summerson on the dating app Tinder, and agreed to meet with him at her motel room, according to a report.
After having consensual sex with Summerson, she said the suspect started making her feel uncomfortable. The woman told Summerson she needed to go back to her friend’s room and he asked her for a hug, investigators said.
When the woman hugged him, Summerson got behind her and started choking her and told her he was going to kill her, police said.
The woman said she passed out. When she regained consciousness, she said she was thrown to the ground and Summerson was punching her in the face. The woman screamed for help, kicking the walls, hoping someone would hear her, police said.
The victim tried to get away through a window but Summerson grabbed her and threw her back on the floor. Summerson took her cell phone away to stop her from calling 9-1-1. Summerson told the woman that if she called police, he would kill her, a report shows.