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Deputies: Man arrested after ramming car of Upstate activist charged with kidnapping

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Bruce Wilson (L) and Joseph Bledsoe (Source: Greenville Co. Detention) Bruce Wilson (L) and Joseph Bledsoe (Source: Greenville Co. Detention)
Bruce Wilson appears in bond court (June 5, 2017/ FOX Carolina) Bruce Wilson appears in bond court (June 5, 2017/ FOX Carolina)
Joseph Bledsoe in bond court. (June 6, 2017/FOX Carolina) Joseph Bledsoe in bond court. (June 6, 2017/FOX Carolina)
Derrick Quarles arrested (June 6, 2017/FOX Carolina) Derrick Quarles arrested (June 6, 2017/FOX Carolina)
GREENVILLE, SC (FOX Carolina) -

An Upstate community activist was arrested early Monday morning in Greenville County, according to deputies.

Deputies said Bruce Wilson was charged with domestic violence first degree, kidnapping, and three counts of child neglect.

Wilson is the founder of Fighting Injustice Together, an activist group that rallies against social injustice, the pipeline from school to prison, wrongful convictions, and excessive force by police, according to the organization’s website.

Deputies said Wilson, 50, and a female victim arrived at the Greenville County Law Enforcement Center at 1:30 a.m. and an investigation began.

Deputies said the investigation revealed Wilson assaulted the woman several times at a house and then held her against her will. The victim was eventually able to escape and get into a vehicle. The victim drove to the Law Enforcement Center and deputies said Wilson gave chase in another vehicle. Three children were in the car with Wilson and deputies said they were not wearing seat belts during the pursuit.

Warrants state Wilson shoved the woman down onto a couch, took her phone to prevent her from calling law enforcement, then grabbed her wrist and forced her into a bedroom, and prevented hear from freely moving though the house.

Warrants state Wilson also sped in his vehicle and passed on a double yellow line on Laurens Road as he was chasing and trying to stop the victim. Three children were in the vehicle without proper child restraint seats, warrants state, placing them at unreasonable risk of harm.

A judge set bond for Wilson at $50,000 during a hearing Monday morning.

During the bond hearing, Wilson accused the sheriff's office of overreaching in the case.

"I will be challenging these charges because I know how this played out and I know the reach from this Sheriff's department was a little more than it should have been and how they played their role in this," Wilson said.

Before 10 p.m. Monday, bond had been posted and Wilson was released.

Deputies said just after midnight on Tuesday they arrested 25-year-old Joseph Hunter Bledsoe who is accused of hitting Wilson's car with his own vehicle after Wilson was released on bond.

According to the police report, Bledsoe was at Wilson's house with a woman when Wilson arrived, escorted by a deputy to "keep the peace."

Bledsoe told officers he left the scene but was followed, according to the report. In bond court, Bledsoe said he was followed by Wilson and every time he stopped his vehicle, Wilson came at him in a threatening manner so he hit the vehicle deliberately to disable it so he could leave.

"He was going to kill me," Bledsoe said in bond court.

Bledsoe is charged with three counts of first-degree assault and battery.

Wilson, who appeared at the hearing as a victim in the case, spoke and said he had no idea what Bledsoe was talking about but believes him to be a danger.

Wilson held a press conference on Tuesday to discuss the charges against him, which he said are fabricated. During the press conference Wilson said he  followed Bledsoe from his home to get a license plate number when he was hit.

Derrick Quarles, another activist and former president of Greenville's Black Lives Matter organization, spoke at the event. After the press conference, a FOX Carolina crew said Quarles was seen being taken away from the scene in handcuffs.

Deputies said Quarles was arrested on a failure to appear charge stemming from a previous charge of obtaining goods under false pretenses.

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