North Myrtle Beach police suspend search for burglary, domestic assault suspect in wooded area

troot@thesunnews.comApril 11, 2013 

— North Myrtle Beach police spent hours searching for a burglary suspect who fled into a wooded area, but suspended the effort without finding the suspect.

Police searched woods near S.C. 31 and S.C. 22 for 35-year-old James White, who is wanted on charges related to a burglary and a domestic assault, according to Pat Dowling spokesman for the city.

Dowling said police issued arrest warrants for White as part of an ongoing domestic dispute with White’s girlfriend. Officers had searched a wooded area off Water Tower Road Thursday, but Dowling said at 2:15 p.m. that they no longer searching in that area.

Officers will continue to check several locations for White until he is found and in custody, Dowling said.

Police said they suspect White had burglarized the woman’s condominium. Officers responded to the woman’s condo on Thursday and said White ran into a nearby wooded area.

On March 27, the 34-year-old victim told police she got into an argument with White about their relationship status, according to a police report. The victim said White picked her up, threw her to the floor and punched her in the stomach and back before he covered her face with a towel and choked her.

The victim said after a while when she and White were leaving the home, he punched her in the face again, which split her lip, according to the report. The victim drove to North Myrtle Beach fire station No. 5 and blew her vehicle’s horn to alert firefighters.

The victim said White jumped from the car and ran away. Police learned White took a taxi from that area to Briarcliff Acres to avoid being arrested, according to the report. The couple had lived together in the past, but the woman told police she wanted White to move and leave her alone.

Dowling did not have any other details about the incidents, White or the search.

Anyone who may have seen White or have any details about him can call North Myrtle Beach police at 280-5511.

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

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