Michael Hutto

WEST COLUMBIA, SC (WIS) - Lexington County deputies say your tips helped catch a man wanted for beating his girlfriend by punching, choking, kicking and attacking her with a lamp.

Authorities say 41-year-old Michael Hutto from West Columbia had been on the run for nearly a year.

"He grabbed her by the throat and hit her in the eye," says Lexington County Sheriff James Metts. "He picked up a large lamp and actually swung the lamp at her, and she was able to put her arm up and block the blow from the lamp."

The victim then told deputies she tried to walk out the door to try to leave, but she says Hutto kicked her from behind, which caused her to fall down the stairs.

"He had beat his girlfriend up very severely -- a very dangerous individual, so any time you got an individual like that, it's important to get them off the street so they don't harm anyone else. And with the help of WIS, we were able to do that," said Lexington County Sheriff James Metts.

Reported by Jordan Sandler

Posted by Logan Smith