MYRTLE BEACH — A man suspected in three separate carjackings, in Conway, Myrtle Beach and Horry County, remained at large late Monday, according to police.
Arrest warrants related to the incidents are issued charging Patrick Gause, 36, with petty larceny, grand larceny and third-degree assault and battery. More charges likely are likely from Conway and Myrtle Beach police departments, authorities said.
Early Monday a female taxi driver called police about 4:15 a.m. about a carjacking incident at Gasoline Alley and Singleton Street. Police said the driver for Country Boy Taxi reported that a man pulled a knife on her and took her cash and taxi. She said the man had gone to the taxi stand on U.S. 501 and wanted to be taken to Gasoline Alley, according to Capt. Tammy Carter of Conway Police. The driver said when they arrived, the man pulled out a knife, and took her cash and cab, Carter said. The driver wasn’t hurt and police later found the vehicle in Myrtle Beach.
Soon afterward another carjacking happened in Myrtle Beach, around 8:20 a.m. at 19th Avenue South and Ocean Boulevard, according to Capt. David Knipes of Myrtle Beach police. Details about that incident were not available.
Then, at 9 a.m. along Wayside Road near Conway, Horry County police were called by a 43-year-old woman who said the suspect drove up in an Anchor Taxi and was honking the horn, according to a police report. The victim said the man asked to use the restroom and when he came out he slapped her in the face, took $300 and her keys then left.
The victim said the man then took a purse from the taxi, got into her Ford Fusion and left, according to the report. Police learned that an Anchor Taxi employee had his taxi van stolen while in Myrtle Beach.
Gause also was wearing an electronic monitoring ankle bracelet, according to the police report. But the officer wrote in the report that the bracelet had showed no movement since 3:30 a.m. Monday.
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