Horry County police arrest two men in Myrtle Beach area man’s beating, robbery

troot@thesunnews.comAugust 20, 2013 

Horry County police charged two men in connection with a man being assaulted and his watch stolen, according to a police report.

Nicolas Ryan Buffkin, 18, of Conway and Billy Graham, 23, of Darlington were each charged with second-degree assault and battery and armed robbery, according to authorities. Graham also was charged with simple larceny with a value under $2,000.

Buffkin is being held at J. Reuben Long Detention Center on $5,500 bond, while Graham is being held on $6,000 bond, according to jail records. The men were booked into the jail at 4:32 a.m. Monday.

Horry County police were called at 2:30 a.m. Monday for a possible stabbing at Value Place Hotel at 220 Whitty Drive in Myrtle Beach, according to the report. Officers found the 21-year-old victim and he was bloody and had several cuts and bruises on his body.

Police learned the victim got off work and was picked up by the men, who he described as friends, and they returned to the victim’s room, according to the report. The victim said the men hit him in the face and then beat him with something before they stole his Movado brand wrist watch, valued at $1,000.

The victim said he blacked out while the men were beating him and when he woke up he tried to clean up his wounds before he called another friend to help him, according to the report. Officers found the suspects a short time later and identified them through video surveillance from the hotel.

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