Dispute over location of Myrtle Beach man’s cellphone ends with arrest

troot@thesunnews.comFebruary 5, 2013 

— A Myrtle Beach man was charged with assault following a dispute over the location of the man’s cellphone inside his apartment, according to a police report.

Michael Cordero, 50, was charged with second-degree assault and battery after officers were called about 9:15 p.m. Monday to an apartment at 505 28th Ave. N., police said.

Officers found a 38-year-old man in the parking lot, who was bleeding from his head and holding a skateboard, according to the report. The victim, who was intoxicated, told police that he was inside Cordero’s apartment when the man attacked him and accused him of stealing a cellphone.

When police went inside Cordero’s apartment they saw a puddle of blood in the living room and found Cordero, who also was intoxicated and had a cut on his forehead, according to the report. Cordero and the victim were treated by EMS and later taken to an area hospital for treatment.

A neighbor, who told police he witnessed the fight, first told officers that Cordero hit the victim, who started the fight, according to the report. But police told the witness that his account of the events did not match the injuries the men suffered.

After the witness was told he could be arrested for obstructing justice by lying to police, the witness told officers that Cordero cornered the victim and accused him of having Cordero’s cellphone. The witness said he got his cellphone and called Cordero’s, but the men did not hear it ringing.

The witness said Cordero ordered the victim to empty his pockets, but he refused and the men began fighting because Cordero told the victim he was not leaving until the cellphone was found, according to the report. The witness said the victim struck Cordero with the skateboard and tried to run out of the apartment, but Cordero grabbed a lamp and hit the victim in the back of the head.

The victim then ran outside and yelled for someone to call police.

Contact TONYA ROOT at 444-1723 or follow her at Twitter.com/tonyaroot.

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