Beating with broom handle, beach umbrella leads to charges against Myrtle Beach man

troot@thesunnews.comJanuary 2, 2013 

A Myrtle Beach man faces charges of attempted murder in an incident where a 24-year-old man was beaten with a beach umbrella bottom and broom handle, according to a police report.

Efrem Arthur Barnard, 23, was booked into J. Reuben Long Detention Center was being held there Wednesday, according to jail records.

The charge stemmed from the 24-year-old victim being treated at South Strand Hospital and his report that he was beaten with “sticks and clubs” by four or five people about 12:30 a.m. Tuesday at 3096 Rock Water Circle in Myrtle Beach, Horry County police said.

The victim, who was intoxicated, said someone claimed he took a laptop computer. The victim was taken to Grand Strand Regional Medical Center after it was discovered he suffered a skull fracture.

Witnesses told police the victim was “jumped” by several males in front of the house and beaten, according to the report. One witness told police one of the suspects lived at the house and she said the victim was beaten with a metal pipe and green broom handle in the street and front yard.

The witness told officers that the victim was accused of stealing the suspect’s laptop, according to the report. When officers went to the location they found Barnard, who was taken into custody, and blood in the street and yard along with the green broom handle and an umbrella pole.

The victim’s watch, which had blood on it, also was found in Barnard’s possession along with another watch that had blood on it that Barnard identified as another one of the accused assailants, according to the report.

Contact TONYA ROOT at 444-1723.

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