MYRTLE BEACH — Area police continued Tuesday to search for a man wanted in connection with carjackings in Conway, Myrtle Beach and Horry County, according to authorities.
Warrants were issued by police in the respective communities for the arrest of 36-year-old Patrick Gause in the crime spree that occurred Monday, police said.
Conway police Capt. Tammy Carter also said Tuesday that an arrest warrant for a charge of armed robbery was issued for Gause in connection with an incident on Saturday at the Delta Motel at 305 Wright Blvd.
In Saturday’s incident, police were called at 12:30 a.m. after the victim said a man came to his room looking for another man, Carter said. The victim allowed the suspect, which is Gause, into his room and Gause pulled out a gun and took $90 cash from the victim, who was not hurt.
On Monday, Conway police were called about 4:15 a.m. after a female taxi driver said she had her taxi cab and cash stolen in the area of Gasoline Alley and Singleton Street, Carter said. The driver for Country Boy Taxi reported that a man pulled a knife on her after she picked him up at the taxi stand on U.S. 501.
The driver said the man asked to be taken to Gasoline Alley, Carter said. The driver wasn’t hurt and police later found the vehicle in Myrtle Beach.
Carter said warrants were issued for Gause in that incident on charges of armed robbery and carjacking.
A Myrtle Beach police report showed officers found that taxi cab at 406 16th Ave. S., at 9:11 a.m. Monday while an officer was on patrol looking for it. The officer saw the taxi in the parking lot with its brake lights on, but no one was inside or around it.
A woman living in the area told the officer she saw the taxi sitting there at 6 a.m. when she went outside to get her newspaper, according to the report. She thought it was waiting to pick someone up.
Before that vehicle was found, Myrtle Beach police were notified at 8:15 a.m. Monday that a 62-year-old Anchor taxi driver had been cut with scissors on his neck and robbed of his taxi cab while in the area of 1900 South Ocean Boulevard, according to another police report.
Myrtle Beach police Capt. David Knipes said they suspect Gause in the incident and obtained arrest warrants on charges of armed robbery and carjacking.
In that incident, the victim said he picked up the suspect at 606 ½ Sixth Ave. S., and was supposed to take him roundtrip to 1900 S. Ocean Blvd., according to the report. The victim said the man told him to park around the rear of a motel, but when they pulled up the suspect grabbed the driver from behind and held scissors to his neck.
The suspect demanded the victim’s money and the victim said he grabbed the suspect’s hand to pull the scissors away, according to the report. The victim said they fought and the victim fell out the driver’s door.
The victim said the suspect got into the driver’s seat and drove away, according to the report.
Then, at 9 a.m. Monday at a home 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 she is an acquaintance of the man and she identified him as Gause to police.
The victim said Gause asked to use the restroom and when he came out he slapped her in the face, took $300 and her keys then left the house, according to the report. The victim said Gause then took a purse from the taxi, got into her Ford Fusion and left.
Police later found the woman’s vehicle abandoned near Harrelson Boulevard. Officers searched the area, but did not locate Gause.
Gause also was wearing an electronic monitoring ankle bracelet, according to the Horry County police report. But the officer wrote in the report that the bracelet had showed no movement since 3:30 a.m. Monday.
Horry County police Lt. Robert Kegler said warrants were issued for Gause in that incident on charges of petty larceny, grand larceny and third-degree assault and battery.
Anyone with information about Gause or his whereabouts should contact their local authorities.
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