Man Assaulting Girlfriend Punched in the Face by Mystery Woman, Police Say

A man has been arrested after allegedly assaulting his girlfriend at a bowling alley in South Carolina, before being attacked by another woman who stepped in to intervene.

Charleston attorney Pano Dupree, 58, has been charged with third-degree assault and battery following an incident which occurred at the Ashley Lanes bowling alley on Sam Rittenberg Boulevard in Charleston on March 19.

According to a police report, seen by WNCN, two witnesses saw a man, later identified as Dupree, entering the bowling alley, walking up to his girlfriend and arguing with her.

Dupree is then alleged to have placed his arms around the victim's neck from behind and placed her in a choke hold. The suspect is also said to have pulled on the woman's hair.

During the attack, an unknown woman who saw what was happening, ran up to Dupree and punched him in the face, knocking him to the ground.

The Charleston Police Department said that after the suspect was punched, he fell to the ground while still holding the victim's hair, pulling a large amount of it out from her head.

Dupree was taken to hospital for treatment, where he was later arrested and charged.

A mugshot obtained by local media shows Dupree with a swollen black eye after being punched by the woman who came to intervene.

Dupree was later released from the Charleston County Detention Center on a $1,087 bond. His next court appearance is set for May 5.

The Charleston Police Department has been contacted for comment.

Dupree was previously suspended from practicing law following an altercation with a Utah state trooper in 2012.

According to the South Carolina Court ruling, Dupree was traveling in a car with a driver while on vacation in Utah on March 22, 2012, when they were pulled over.

Utah Highway Patrol Trooper David Wurtz asked the driver for his license, vehicle registration, proof of insurance, and other information, and also asked whether he had been drinking.

Dupree "repeatedly interrupted" the trooper and told the driver not to answer the trooper's questions.

"When Trooper Wurtz requested the driver exit the vehicle, [Dupree] who was obviously intoxicated, became belligerent, repeatedly used profanity, and refused to cooperate with the troopers' requests to calm down," the ruling said.

During an ongoing argument, the state Trooper attempted to deploy his Taser against Dupree after he refused to get out of the vehicle, but it did not work. After eventually removing him from the car, Dupree struck the trooper on the mouth and bit him on the arm.

DuPree was charged with two counts of assault on a police officer, resisting arrest, public intoxication and disorderly conduct.

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(File photo) Patrons bowl at the new Lucky Strike Lanes in South Beach on July 16, 2005 in Miami Beach, Florida. A man who was attacking his girlfriend was punched in the face and knocked down by a woman at a bowling alley in South Carolina. Gustavo Caballero/Getty Images