Man units home, automobiles on fireplace over withheld stimulus examine, deputies say

SPARTANBURG, SC (WSPA) – Spartanburg County Sheriff Chuck Wright held a press conference Friday morning to discuss a man’s charges following a domestic violence incident.

The sheriff’s office said an investigator responded Wednesday to the Spartanburg Regional Medical Center to gather information following a violent domestic incident.

MPs said the victim was attacked by her friend Ray Michael Bradford Jr., 36, from Spartanburg.

According to the sheriff’s office, the incident began at her home on North Cleveland Park Drive.

“I saw the pictures and this poor woman was beaten pretty badly,” said Chuck Wright, sheriff of Spartanburg County. “She was hit by a lamp, a table leg, and the man’s fists.

The MPs said he also knocked her body down, kicked her several times, and kicked her neck.

Sheriff Wright told 7 News that the victim may need surgery after suffering a broken nose and broken jaw.

“I’ve been doing this for 35 years and I haven’t seen many people hit that bad,” he said.

The MPs said she could run away from home. She was on her way to Cleveland Park when Bradford caught up with her. MPs said Bradford drugged the woman towards a pond in Cleveland Park and said he would kill her.

The woman could walk away from Bradford and run to a neighbor’s house where the neighbor called 911.

While the woman was being rushed to the hospital, the Hilltop Fire Department was dispatched to a fire call to her home, according to the sheriff’s office.

While investigators from the sheriff’s office were at home, they learned that Spartanburg Police Department officers were responding to an incident at a house on Pierpont Avenue.

According to the incident report, Bradford destroyed his ex-girlfriend’s vehicle on Pierpont Avenue at around 12:25 p.m. on Wednesday. Later, around 4:15 am, his ex-girlfriend noticed that her vehicle was on fire. She told officers that she saw Bradford standing next to her vehicle.

While officers from the Sheriff’s Office and Police Department were at the Pierpont Avenue address, they were informed of another vehicle fire on Hillside Drive. The MPs said the current friend’s mother lived at this address.

When they got to Hillside Drive, officers noticed that Bradford was walking along Highway 221 near Mapletree Lane, according to the sheriff’s office.

MPs said Bradford would not listen to their orders to stop walking. Several units then responded to the scene and surrounded Bradford.

Bradford then opened a water bottle of gasoline to keep the officers away, according to the sheriff’s office.

“He opens the gasoline and threatens to burn the officers and himself,” said Sheriff Wright.

A K-9 unit arrived at the scene and Bradford surrendered, MPs said.

Sheriff Wright said if the officers hadn’t arrested Bradford, the outcome could have been so much worse.

“He told them, ‘If you hadn’t got me, I would go back’ and take care of his girlfriend and her children, and he had every intention of killing these people,” said Sheriff Wright.

MPs said Bradford then confessed to assaulting his friend who lived at the apartment, set fire to her home on North Cleveland Park Drive, destroyed and set fire to the vehicle on Pierpont Avenue, and set fire to the vehicle on Hillside Drive to have.

Bradford has been charged with attempted murder, three times arson and malicious property damage. According to the sheriff’s office, he was denied bail on all charges.

MPs said the incidents were because the government ran its $ 600 stimulus check for child support and “wanted to reconcile with those who had hurt him in the past.”

Bradford has a history of assault, domestic violence, burglary, trespassing, theft, shoplifting, fraudulent checks and drug charges, according to a SLED background check.

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