Police Blotter: Owed money leads to flashlight beating

  • Saturday, January 18, 2014

A 53-year-old Pawleys Island man, who was found in a ditch on Martin Luther King Road at about 1:40 a.m. Jan. 10 says he was riding his bike with a 28-year-old Murrells Inlet man when the two got into a heated argument about money.

He said he owes the younger man money and he was demanding to be repaid. He said he told the suspect he has already given him money and was not giving him any more.

That’s when the younger man started beating the victim with a flashlight, the report states.

“I could kill you right now,” the suspect reportedly shouted.

After the beating, the suspect allegedly took $20 from the victim’s wallet and rode away on his bicycle.

The victim was taken to the hospital for treatment.

The suspect was not located.

Gas can and hair trimmer theft

Georgetown police responded to the Walmart Plaza on North Fraser Street at about 5:15 p.m. Sunday because of a man and woman reportedly breaking into vehicles in the Cato’s parking lot.

When police arrived they found the 30-year-old man and 48-year-old woman on the sidewalk in front of Walmart.

They were detained and police confiscated a gallon gas container and a hair trimmer they had in their possession.

A Walmart worker said she was outside the store when the couple approached her asking for a cigarette. When she refused, the man and woman walked to the parking lot and opened the door of an unlocked vehicle. They then spent “several minutes” hiding behind another vehicle.

The owner of the vehicle that was entered confirmed the gas can and hair trimmer belonged to her.

The couple was taken to jail.

Man runs from stolen car

A deputy initiated a traffic stop on a speeding vehicle on Brick Chimney Road the afternoon of Jan. 10. While the officer was in his patrol car writing the ticket, the driver - a 20-year-old Georgetown man - jumped out of the vehicle and ran down the road. The deputy drove to catch him and the man ran across the road. The deputy got out of his vehicle, demanded the man to stop but was ignored.

The man then started running back to his car with the deputy giving chase. The suspect zig-zagged across the road several times until he fell in a ditch. He was then placed under arrest.

The man said he ran because his tag was expired. He said it was not his vehicle. He said it belonged to a friend but did not know the friend’s name.

It was learned the vehicle had been reported stolen from Myrtle Beach.

He was charged with possession of a stolen vehicle and was taken to jail.

Woman reports being chased

An 81-year-old Murrells Inlet woman flagged down a passing motorist Jan. 10 saying someone was trying to get her.

The passerby notified deputies who met with the woman’s neighbor who said when the woman is not on her medication she thinks people are watching or chasing her.

EMS was called and the woman was taken to the hospital for evaluation.

Telephone threat

A woman from Deer Spring Loop said she received a threatening phone call Jan. 8. She said a 20-year-old man called and said he has guns and knows how to use them.

When the deputy told the woman that was not exactly a threat she said “I think he said he was going to shoot me,” the report states.

No charges have been filed.

Stolen center caps

An employee of Georgetown Auto Sales on Highmarket Street reported on Jan. 8 someone took the center caps from the rims of three different trucks on the lot. Each truck was missing one cap.

No suspects have been named.

Information is subject to change as the investigation proceeds. Individuals arrested and/or charged have not been convicted.

– Compiled by Scott Harper

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