A Fort Mill man accused of assaulting his wife tried to disguise his voice as a female when an officer called him, according to a sheriff’s report.

Joseph Horvath, 40, is accused of pulling his wife out of their vehicle last Thursday night during an argument at their apartment complex on Drewsky Lane. The victim said her husband caused her to receive bruises on her arm and legs. She also hit her head when he pulled her out of the car, an assault that took place in front of their minor child, a report says.

The 38-year-old victim said her husband then fled in the car. A responding deputy got the man’s phone number and called him.

“Joseph answered the phone and attempted to disguise his voice as a female,” the deputy wrote in their report. “When I asked was this Joseph on the phone, he answered in a male voice and advised that I had the wrong phone number.”

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The deputy identified himself, but the suspect hung up.

Horvath was charged Friday with domestic violence and booked into the York County Detention Center. He is currently on probation after pleading guilty in 2017 to a series of burglaries in the Rock Hill area, according to online records.

Greg "Ricky Bobby" Rickabaugh has lived in the Fort Mill and York County community since 2006. He has covered the area while a reporter for The Charlotte Observer and a freelance writer for The Fort Mill...