SC man accused of throwing gas at woman in carjacking attempt arrested

Michael Scott Holley

PENDLETON, S.C. (AP) – Police have arrested the man they say tried to carjack a woman’s vehicle in Pendleton after throwing gasoline in her face.

Pendleton Police Chief Doyle Burdette says it happened about 11 a.m. Saturday. A man approached the woman’s vehicle, tossed a cup of gasoline in her face and grabbed the keys, police say.

The woman’s two daughters were in the car and one got out and started taking pictures of the man before he pushed her to the ground.

Police say the man got into the driver’s seat, but couldn’t immediately find the ignition key and then ran off. The woman washed the gasoline off her face and wasn’t hurt.

Michael Scott Holley, 46, was arrested by the SLED fugitive team in Abbeville.

The chief says after releasing the pictures of the suspect to media, someone sent in a tip that helped identify him as a suspect.

Holley, 46, of Iva is charged with carjacking and two counts each of third-degree assault and battery.

He has been booked at the Anderson County Detention Center.

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