Police roundup | Myrtle Beach police investigate bicyclist being punched in face with brass knuckles

February 6, 2013 

Police

MYRTLE BEACH

Bicyclist punched with brass knuckles

A 27-year-old man was treated Tuesday evening at Conway Medical Center after he said a man punched him in the face with brass knuckles as he rode a bicycle in Myrtle Beach, according to a police report.

The victim suffered a cut to his chin and scratches on his arms from falling off his bicycle during the incident at 4:30 p.m. Tuesday in the area of 14th Avenue South and Kings Highway, police said.

The victim told police he was riding with a friend from Food Lion to the Viking Motel, but his friend started going fast and the victim could not keep up on his bicycle, according to the report.

The victim said a man stepped in front of him and punched him on the chin.

The victim said he fell off his bicycle and when he stood up the man who assaulted him was gone, according to the report.

The victim said he went back to the motel and called EMS.

HORRY COUNTY

Controlled burns cause lingering smoke

Some area residents saw smoke drifting through their neighborhoods Wednesday.

The state Forestry Commission said eight controlled burns involving 540 acres were being conducted Wednesday, according to the burn notification website.

The prescribed burns reduce wildfire hazards by eliminating underbrush, according to officials.

The controlled burns were being done in the following areas:

Horry County | 35 acres near S.C. 9 and Secondary Highway 19; 15 acres near U.S. 701 North and S.C. 410; 125 acres near S.C. 90 outside of Conway near the Waccamaw River.

Georgetown County | 85 acres along U.S. 701 near Exodus Drive; 40 acres along U.S. 701 near Choppee Road; 145 acres along U.S. 17 near Pennyroyal Road; and 95 acres near Yawkey-South Island Reserve.

MYRTLE BEACH

Man sentenced for child pornography

A Myrtle Beach man was sentenced to 10 years imprisonment after child pornography was found on his computer, said U.S. Attorney Bill Nettles.

Justin Nicholas Guerra, 23, must register as a sex offender and serve 10 years in jail with five years of supervised release.

The Federal Bureau of Investigation found files containing child pornography on Guerra’s computer after he logged onto a network.

In March 2011, his home was searched and authorities found 316 photos and 21 movies that had been downloaded with GigaTribe Peer-to-Peer software. Guerra also was sharing the child pornography, Nettles said.

The case was part of Project Safe Childhood, a nationwide initiative to combat child sexual exploitation and abuse. For more information visit projectsafechildhood.gov.

NORTH MYRTLE BEACH

Man charged in rock throwing incident

A 20-year-old from Little River was charged Wednesday in an incident that happened more than two years ago.

Driscoll Riggins, of Little River, is charged with unlawful possession of a firearm, first degree assault and battery and pointing and presenting firearms at a person.

North Myrtle Beach police responded to Toucan Drive on June 14, 2010 where a woman saw a group of juveniles confronting her neighbor.

Most of the group dispersed, but two boys remained and one pointed a gun at the man, according to a police report.

When the boys saw the woman they fled toward Oyster Lane.

The victim said the juveniles had thrown rocks at his car while he was driving. The man told police he parked and yelled at them.

That’s when he said Riggins pointed a gun at him and told him not to call police.

LONGS

Man crushed by car dies

An Horry County man died Wednesday afternoon when he was crushed by a car, said Horry County Deputy Coroner Darris Fowler.

Russell Reaves, 41, from Longs died from trauma received due to the vehicle falling on him, Fowler said. He was pronounced dead at Seacoast Medical Center at 1:23 p.m.

Fowler said Reaves had been working on the vehicle that was supported by jack lift.

CONWAY

Shooting suspect caught

A man wanted for attempted murder in Conway was arrested in Sumter Tuesday and is now back in Horry County to face charges, said Catina Hipp with Conway Police.

Arsenio Raheem Legette, 23, is charged with attempted murder, possession of a weapon during the commission of a violent crime, and possession of a firearm by prohibited persons.

The charges stem from Dec. 22, 2012, when Conway Police responded to Encore on the 1600 block of Church Street where shots had been fired.

A man was shot in the upper chest and transported to Grand Strand Regional Medical Center, Hipp said.

Legette was arrested in Sumter County on an unrelated traffic offense Tuesday.

He was extradited to Horry County Wednesday and is being held at J. Reuben Long Detention Center pending a bail hearing slated for Thursday.

From staff reports

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