Wesley Gene Thomas

LEXINGTON, SC (WIS) - A Batesburg-Leesville man was arrested criminal domestic violence of a high and aggravated nature just hours after we profiled him on Midlands' Most Wanted.

Authorities say 48-year-old Wesley Gene Thomas of Batesburg-Leesville was wanted for punching his ex-wife in the face.
But deputies say he didn't stop there. They say he also slashed her tires and shoved her pregnant daughter.

Lexington County deputies say Thomas was arrested Thursday morning after deputies saw Thomas driving on Augusta Highway near Gilbert.

We spoke to the daughter, who hopes someone who sees this story can help authorities catch Thomas, so her mother can get back to living a normal life.

"He hit my mom in the eye so hard it knocked her out," says Casey Moates.

Moates wants Wesley Thomas in jail, for the safety of her mom, her two little boys, and her baby on the way.

"I don't want my kids growing up thinking that's how they're supposed to treat a woman because it doesn't work that way," says Moates.

Deputies say on July 16, Thomas walked up to his ex-wife's driveway with a knife in his hand.

"He slashed the tires off his ex-wife, all four of them, causing them to become flat on the ground," says Lexington County Sheriff James Metts.

Officials say Thomas then went into the kitchen and punched his ex-wife repeatedly in the face, then shoved Casey.

"Five months pregnant, he's like 200-something pounds, so there wasn't much I could do," says Moates.

Casey says it wasn't the first time Thomas was violent with her mom, but it was the first time it happened in front of her three-year-old and one-year-old boys.

"I'm tired of seeing it, you know what I'm saying, and then my kids had to see it when they're not used to seeing anything like that," she said.

Casey says since that day, her mom has been living in fear.

"She doesn't go anywhere besides work and home, just because she's scared that if she goes anywhere she might run into him," says Casey.

Thomas' bond was set for $50,000 Thursday night. He remains at the Lexington County Detention Center.

Reported by Jordan Sandler

Posted by Logan Smith