Erick Lamar Stevens, 25, was arrested early Monday morning after beating his bride before their honeymoon started, the Athens Banner-Herald reports. He reportedly dragged her by the hair, pulling out her weave, punched her in the face during an altercation at Country Inn & Suites in Athens, Ga., hours after they were married.
The hotel clerk called 911 after the 31-year-old victim came to the lobby with a bleeding nose and still wearing her wedding dress, according to police.
The assault happened after a reception at an unnamed location, police said, during which Stevens allegedly got mad because the DJ was making advances on a bridesmaid. He got more belligerent as the night went on, police said.
On the drive to the hotel Monday morning, he punched his wife in the face during an argument in which he accused her of cheating on him, police said.
At some point, the victim stopped the car and forced Stevens out. Police said she then drove to the hotel alone to go to bed.
The night clerk later phoned the woman’s room to let the her know Stevens had arrived and the woman agreed to allow in the room, according to police.
But as soon as Stevens got to the room, he charged the victim, grabbed her by the hair, then punched and bit her several times, police said. When the woman tried to leave the room, Stevens allegedly dragged her by the hair to a corner to apparently keep her from leaving.
Shameful. Absolutely shameful. If he could do this on his wedding night, what would Erick Lamar Stevens do a week from now?