A 44-year-old homeless man is in Myrtle Beach police custody pending formal charges being filed against him in connection with an attack on a man at his home on Pine Island Road, according to authorities.
The suspect is expected to be charged with assault, trespassing and public intoxication once arrest warrants are issued, police said.
The Sun News does not identify suspects until arrest warrants are issued.
Officers were called at 7:10 p.m. Monday to a home in the 1000 block of Pine Island Road for an assault, police said.
A 48-year-old man told police that the suspect came to his house and began looking through a box outside, according to the report. The victim said he told the suspect to get off his property and to not go through his things.
The victim said about 20 minutes later the suspect returned and began going through the box again, so the victim confronted him, according to the report. The victim said the suspect grabbed a large stick and attacked him.
The victim said the suspect yelled that he “was not God” and could not tell him what to do while he beat him with the stick, according to the report. The victim said he grabbed his mailbox and hit the suspect, which knocked him down.
But the suspect got up and continued to attack the victim, so the victim punched him a couple times to stop him, according to the report. A witness told police he saw the suspect attack the victim with a large stick and the victim try to get away.
The victim was taken to South Strand Medical Center for treatment of his injuries, according to the report. Officers took the suspect into custody and once at the jail with police the suspect said he would attack the victim again when he was released.
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