MYRTLE BEACH — Horry County police charged a Little River man in connection with a man being threatened at a church on Sunday, according to a police report.
Paul Milton Gabriel, 59, was charged with stalking and entering premises after warning or refusing to leave on request, according to records at J. Reuben Long Detention Center. Gabriel was booked into the jail at 1:28 p.m. Sunday and remained held at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday on $5,475 bond.
An Horry County officer took Gabriel into custody after being called to Mt. Calvary Baptist Church at 2625 Secondary Highway 111 in Little River, according to the report. A man told police that Gabriel showed up just before the church service to confront a 33-year-old man about a prior issue they had, but church officials asked Gabriel to leave.
The witnesses said Gabriel said “wait until I come back,” as he was escorted to the parking lot, according to the report. About 30 minutes later, witnesses said Gabriel returned with a gas can in the back of his truck and witnesses asked him to leave again and called police.
Witnesses said they blocked both entrances to the church to prevent Gabriel from coming onto the property, according to the report. While the officer was at the church, witnesses reported seeing Gabriel coming out of a wooded area next to the church.
The officer stopped Gabriel’s truck and saw a rifle and two boxes of ammunition in the front passenger seat and the gas can in the rear of the truck, according to the report. Gabriel told officers he had a problem with a 33-year-old man and “he was going to get him no matter what.”
Gabriel also said he was going to burn the man because he wasn’t happy with the victim sleeping with the women of the parish, according to the report. Gabriel was taken into custody.
The victim told police on May 17 he argued with Gabriel’s wife and on May 19 the victim argued with Gabriel while at a church service, according to the report. The victim said Gabriel threatened him during the incident.
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