Men charged with kidnapping, assault and battery after incident at St. Helena Island home

Men charged with kidnapping, assault and battery after incident at St. Helena Island home

ST. HELENA ISLAND, SC (WTOC) - The Beaufort County Sheriff’s Office has arrested two men after a kidnapping and assault Monday night.

Sheriff’s Office deputies responded to a home on Chaplin Drive on St. Helena Island around 8:30 p.m. following a 911 call. When deputies arrived, they heard what appeared to be a violent confrontation inside the home. Upon entry, they found a man and a woman bound with rope and duct tape. The man was seriously injured. There is no update on his condition.

After searching the home, deputies found two men inside, the homeowner, 41-year-old Justin Granet, and his guest, 41-year-old Don Bliss.

Granet and Bliss were interviewed by investigators and admitted binding the man and woman and beating the man. It was learned that the injured man was struck by Bliss with a blunt object during the assault.

The man was taken to the hospital for treatment. Deputies got a search warrant for the home and found what they believe was used to beat the victim.

“A search warrant was conducted inside the residence by deputies. When they searched the residence, they found two handguns and approximately four pounds of marijuana, and the blunt instrument they believe was used in the beating."

Granet is charged with kidnapping and assault and battery in the first degree. Bliss is charged with kidnapping, assault, and battery in the first degree and possession of a weapon in the commission of a violent crime.

The incident is still under investigation and additional charges may result. Investigators say Granet is out on bond and Bliss is still behind bars.

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