SMYRNA — A York County man remained jailed on Saturday after deputies say he held a knife to a man’s neck in Clover before he choked his wife at their Smyrna home until she fell unconscious and then choked her again when she awoke.
A man, 60, told deputies that at about 8:50 p.m. Thursday, Christopher Shane King, 24, showed up at his Clover home alongside his wife and went swimming in a pond on his property against his wishes, according to a York County Sheriffs report. The man told deputies he asked King, who had been drinking, numerous times to get out of the pond because it wasn’t safe for swimming.
King allegedly approached the man and tried taking a knife out of his back pocket, the report states. The man pushed King to the ground and went back into his house to call police. King followed him with the knife in hand. The man’s son, 31, stepped between King and his father, begging King to stop. That’s when deputies say King held the knife to the son’s throat and threatened him. The victim convinced King to put down the blade and leave with his wife.
Police arrested him at his home in Smyrna and charged him with assault and battery of a high and aggravated nature. While there, deputies asked King’s wife about hand marks on her neck, police documents show. Because she was afraid to tell the truth, the woman gave an excuse that explained her injuries.
But, after relatives encouraged her to report the truth, the woman told deputies on Friday that King choked her until she lost consciousness after leaving Clover a day earlier. When she woke up, he choked her again, she told deputies, and only stopped when deputies arrived at the house to ask him about the Clover incident. King was also charged with criminal domestic violence of a high and aggravated nature. He was being held Saturday at the York County Detention Center without bond.