MYRTLE BEACH — A man wanted on charges of burglary and domestic assault surrendered to police Friday morning, said Pat Dowling, North Myrtle Beach spokesman.
Police in North Myrtle Beach spent several hours Thursday searching a wooded area near S.C. 31 and S.C. 22 along Water Tower Road for James White, before they suspended the effort without finding him. About 9:15 a.m. Friday, White surrendered to police at the North Myrtle Beach Department of Public Safety, Dowling said.
Police issued arrest warrants for White as part of an ongoing domestic dispute with White’s girlfriend. White is a suspect in a burglary at the woman’s condominium, according to police.
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 that later, 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 then and ran away. Police learned White took a taxi from that area to Briarcliffe 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.
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