Myrtle Beach man charged with assaulting woman, two police officers

troot@thesunnews.comJuly 25, 2012 

Myrtle Beach police charged a 29-year-old man after they said he tried to attack an officer who responded to a woman being assaulted, according to a police report.

Benjamin Edward Conroy, 29, was charged with assault and battery of a high and aggravated nature, simple possession of marijuana, disorderly conduct, resisting arrest and two counts of assault on a police officer, according to Myrtle Beach Jail records. Conroy’s bond was set at $1,351 on the drug, resisting arrest and disorderly conduct charges. Bond was not set on the assault charges.

Officers were called just before 1 a.m. Tuesday to a home at 4701 N. Kings Highway where a 35-year-old woman said Conroy threw a chair through her rear glass door and attacked her, police said. Damage to the door was estimated at $400.

Officers arrived and detained Conroy and he and the victim yelled at each other, according to the report. When they were advised to stop yelling, police said Conroy became enraged, tried to head butt an officer in the face and push officers into the wall while he was handcuffed.

One officer was struck in the lower lip by Conroy’s head and the others were shoved into the wall during the scuffle. When officers searched Conroy they found 1.5 grams of marijuana in his pocket.

The victim told police she and Conroy got into an argument while at Broadway at the Beach earlier in the day after Conroy became intoxicated, according to the report. The victim said she returned home and he followed her there.

The victim said Conroy kicked in her door, choked her on the couch but she was able to kick him off of her, according to the report. The victim said she ran to the bathroom, but he followed and banded her head into the wall.

A few minutes later, the victim said she was able to get Conroy out of the house and she locked him out, but he threw a chair into the sliding glass door, which caused it to shatter, according to the report. The victim said Conroy left, but returned a few minutes later and police arrived.

Contact TONYA ROOT at 444-1723.

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