Two more charged in New Years Day assault in Myrtle Beach area

akelley@thesunnews.comJanuary 16, 2013 

— Two more men are charged in the assault of a 24-year-old man who was beaten earlier this month with a beach umbrella bottom and broom handle, according to a police report.

Sean Coleman Callahan, 19, and Anthony Christian Morreale, 21, both of Myrtle Beach are charged with second-degree assault and battery by a mob. The pair was arrested Wednesday and is being held at J. Reuben Long.

Eferm Arthur Barnard, 23, of Myrtle Beach was charged with attempted murder on Jan. 1 and still is being held on $20,000 bail.

The charges stem from New Years Day when a Lugoff man was being treated at South Strand Hospital after being beaten with “sticks and clubs” by four or five people about 12:30 a.m. at a home on Rock Water Circle. He was transported to Grand Strand Regional Medical Center when a doctor found a depressed skull fracture believed to be a life-threatening injury, the report 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. A 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.

When police went to the home 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 belonging to another one of the accused assailants, according to the report.

The victim’s injuries required surgery to control an inter cranial bleed, according to police.

Contact AMANDA KELLEY at 626-0381, or follow her at Twitter.com/TSN_akelley.

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