Myrtle Beach vacationer fends off would-be robber armed with gun, pronged fork, suspect in custody

troot@thesunnews.com June 5, 2012 

A 35-year-old man on vacation in Myrtle Beach told police an armed suspect forced his way into his motel room late Monday, demanded money and stabbed him in the neck with a long pronged cooking fork before breaking a window and jumping from it to flee, according to a police report.

The victim told police that about 11:30 p.m. Monday at 104 N. Ocean Blvd., he was going into his room when the suspect, a man, came up behind him and pushed his way into the room, police said.

The report did not list the victim’s hometown.

Myrtle Beach police have the suspect in custody, but he has not been formally charged, Capt. David Knipes said. The suspect will face charges that include armed robbery, kidnapping, first-degree burglary and first-degree assault and battery.

The Sun News does not identify suspects until arrest warrants are issued.

Once inside the room, the suspect pointed a gun at the victim’s face and demanded money while rummaging through items in the room, according to the report. The victim said he had two female friends staying with him in the room and the suspect went through their things. The women were not present during the robbery attempt.

The victim said he pushed the suspect and took the gun and used it to hit the suspect several times, according to the report. The suspect went into the kitchen area of the room grabbed a long two-pronged fork, charged at the victim and stabbed him twice in the neck.

The victim said he used the bedspread to fend off the attack and blocked the door while calling 911, according to the report. The victim said the suspect kicked out a window and jumped through it to flee the room.

Witnesses told police they saw the man come through the window and flee. Witnesses also told police they saw a group of five men on the side of the motel before the incident. Detectives are investigating the incident. The victim was taken to Grand Strand Regional Medical Center for treatment of cuts to his neck.

Contact TONYA ROOT at 444-1723.

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