Myrtle Beach man charged in stabbing at Ocean Boulevard motel

troot@thesunnews.comJanuary 14, 2014 

Gary Lee Welch

A Myrtle Beach man was jailed Monday evening after police were called to an Ocean Boulevard motel for a stabbing, according to authorities.

Gary Lee Welch, 49, of Myrtle Beach is charged with assault and battery of a high and aggravated nature and was being held at 7:30 a.m. Tuesday at the Myrtle Beach Jail pending a bond hearing, according to jail records.

Officers were called at 7 p.m. Monday to 504 N. Ocean Blvd., the Bay View Resort, for a stabbing, according to the report. A 37-year-old man was listed as the victim in the incident, which is under investigation.

In a supplemental report, the victim, who was uncooperative with officers, was stabbed in the leg at the Sea Cove Hotel at 305 N. Ocean Blvd. The victim was taken by EMS to a local hospital for treatment.

Officers found blood in an elevator and hallway at the Sea Cove Hotel and a security guard approached officers about the incident, according the report. The witness told police he found the victim and Welch arguing about money and told the victim to leave because he was not staying there.

The victim left the hotel, but an hour later the witness said he heard someone yelling in the hotel and saw the victim and Welch standing next to a room, according to the report. The witness said he saw blood in the elevator and when he got off the elevator he found Welch outside his room and the victim was on another floor.

The witness told Welch to return to his room and the victim told the witness he was going to his hotel to call police, according to the report. Police found blood on Welch and learned he got into a fight with the victim, but Welch denied stabbing him.

When police checked Welch’s identity through the National Crime Information Center, officers learned he was wanted by the S.C. Department of Probation and Parole, according to the report. Welch was taken into custody.

According to a search of online records with the probation and parole department, Welch was on probation from March 2012 until Sept. 7, on a charge of unlawful neglect of a child or helpless person in Horry County.

No other details were listed in the report.

Contact TONYA ROOT at 444-1723 or follow her at Twitter.com/tonyaroot.

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