Bluffton teen charged in girlfriend's kidnapping

rlurye@islandpacket.comMay 9, 2014 

Oliver Almazan

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A Bluffton teenager was charged with kidnapping Thursday, accused of beating and holding his girlfriend against her will earlier this week, according to the Bluffton Police Department.

Oliver Almazan, 19, was arrested by officers while walking by a May River Road gas station, according to Capt. Joseph Manning. He was charged with kidnapping, third-degree assault and battery, and petit larceny in connection with the incident Sunday, Manning said.

Almazan was at his Heather Glen Lane home in Pine Ridge with his girlfriend when he became drunk and belligerent, Manning said. When the girlfriend tried to leave, Almazan reportedly took her phone and punched, choked and threatened her.

Later that evening, guests arrived and the girlfriend convinced them to give her a ride home, according to Manning. There, the 16-year-old told her mother, who reported the incident to police.

Almazan remained at the Beaufort County Detention Center Friday with bail set at $18,222.50.

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