MYRTLE BEACH — Police arrested a Socastee man after his friend said he disapproved of her dating choices and threatened to kill her.
Leonard Milton Ham, 35, was charged with stalking.
According to a Myrtle Beach police report, officers spoke with a 46-year-old Myrtle Beach woman Saturday who said she has a close relationship with a man who also is friends with Ham. The woman told police Ham did not approve of her dating someone who wasn’t his friend and said he would kill her new boyfriend by using a car bomb, according to the report.
The woman said she asked Ham to leave her alone and he said he wouldn’t leave her alone until she was dead, according to the report. The woman’s roommate told police she heard Ham tell the victim on the phone that he would kill both her and her date.
“Wouldn’t it be cool when you and your date are dead?” the roommate told police she overheard Ham say. “Bet your 15-year-old daughter will miss her mother. That would be so cool.”
The woman told police that after threatening her, Ham said he was coming to the house and would kick down the door “and then you’re mine,” according to the report. The woman said she later saw his car in her parking lot and called police.
The officer said he spoke with Ham who said he didn’t mean anything by the things he said to the woman and was just blowing off steam. The officer said Ham initially denied being in the woman’s parking lot, then said he was.
The officer issued a warrant and Ham turned himself in Sunday.
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