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Man who allegedly fought, burglarized mother-in-law, captured

Frying pan used as weapon

Michael Payne

Michael Payne

A man wanted by Henry County police has been apprehended by authorities in South Carolina.

Henry County Police issued an alert for Michael Payne after he allegedly assaulted his mother-in-law, burglarized her home, and left the area.

Henry Police charged Payne with aggravated assault, aggravated battery, burglary and false imprisonment after his encounter with his mother-in-law, and other family members.

Henry Police Maj. Jason Bolton said Tuesday, around 7 p.m., they were called to the McDonough home of Payne’s mother-in-law.

“He assaulted her with a frying pan, striking her in the head and face multiple times,” said Bolton. “He then taped her mouth closed, tied her up, and handcuffed her. Shortly thereafter, [his] estranged wife and her son arrived at the residence and Payne pointed a pistol at them and would not let them leave. After two to three hours, the estranged wife convinced Payne to release her mother, and he subsequently left the scene.”

Police were called when Payne left the scene, said Bolton.

“[Henry Police] had information that he was somewhere along the interstate, [I-20]” said Aiken County Sheriff’s Capt. Elwell. “One of our officers, (Deputy David Grubbs) went to the welcome center and found him sleeping in the driver seat of the vehicle.”

Payne was found in a Mercury Sable parked at the Aiken County Welcome Center, located at mile marker 1 off I-20 eastbound, near the state line at the Savannah River, said Aiken County Sheriff’s Capt. Troy Elwell.

Grubbs requested back up and the South Carolina Highway Patrol along with the North Augusta Department of Public Safety officers responded.

“Once those units had arrived, we approached the vehicle and Mr. Payne would not open the door, and would not show his hands,” continued Elwell. The sheriff’s captain said Payne had his hands clenched under his shirt, and would not comply with their commands.

“We broke the driver’s side window out, and he was taken into custody. We took him into custody 27 minutes after we received the BOLO [Be On the Lookout alert].”

Deputies located what appeared to be a Glock pistol as they were removing Payne from the car, Elwell said.

“It turned out to be an airsoft pistol, which is a toy gun that shoots plastic BBs,” explained the sheriff captain. “That is very similar to the real thing. They are hard to distinguish in an intense situation.”

Payne was arrested on the warrant from Henry County and transported to the Aiken County Detention Center.