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Woodleaf man charged after beating woman with crowbar, sledgehammer


Shawn Duane Williams

By Shavonne Walker

WOODLEAF — A Woodleaf man beat a woman with a crowbar, sledgehammer and ax until she blacked out, according to the Rowan County Sheriff’s Office.

Shawn Duane Williams, 48, of the 3400 block of Needmore Road, was jailed on charges of felony kidnapping, felony assault with a deadly weapon inflicting serious injury, felony assault inflicting serious bodily injury and felony violation of a domestic violence order.

Detectives received information on Sept. 1 about the July 21 assault on Needmore Road. The woman told authorities she had been beaten but eventually was able to call 911. She was treated locally, then transferred to a Winston-Salem hospital, where she spent two weeks in the intensive care unit.

The woman told investigators that Williams, who reportedly was in a relationship with the woman, awoke and accused her of lying to him. He began beating her with the handle of a sledgehammer and an ax.

The woman said she was in and out of consciousness throughout the assault. She said Williams slapped her to bring her to, then continued beating her. She tried to crawl to a door but he kept her from leaving, she said.

According to a the Sheriff’s Office report, Williams sprayed the woman in the face with Raid cockroach spray. She lost consciousness again and awoke later in the bedroom. Williams then beat her with a crowbar, the report said.

She awoke the next day, on July 22, and told Williams she needed to go to the hospital. He refused to let her call 911 until he “cleaned her up,” the report said.

When medical and fire responders arrived, they noted the woman had bruises, some of which appeared to be covered up with makeup. The woman had a swollen eye and complained of pain but was not as forthcoming with information about what happened, the responders reported.

She initially told investigators she was “jumped by a group of women on Old Beatty Ford Road.”

A detective obtained medical records on Sept. 5 that confirmed she had serious internal bleeding, fractured ribs and a fractured nose as well as fractures to both sides of her jaw and other cuts and bruises.

Arrest warrants were served on Williams on Wednesday. He remains in the Rowan County Detention Center under no bond because of the domestic nature of the case.

Williams also is being held under a $90,000 bond for the other offenses, which include violation of a domestic violence protective order.


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