A thirsty man in a hospital gown caused panic over the weekend when he broke into several homes in Myrtle Beach.
The incident began when the suspect left a hospital with an IV in his arm and stole a vehicle from a Publix parking lot and was involved in a hit-and-run, according to a police report.
As officers were responding to the crash scene, several residents were calling law enforcement about a man breaking into their houses along Cipriana Court and San Marks Court.
The San Marks Court victim said she was awakened early Saturday morning by a loud banging on the front door by a man who was wearing a hospital gown. The man said the suspect forced himself inside her home and told her he needed something to drink.
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The victim told the man to get out of the house, to which the suspect replied that someone was trying to kill him, and that she could kill him after he got something to drink.
The man forced himself into the kitchen where he grabbed a measuring cup, poured himself some apple juice and then ran back out the front door.
Residents on Cipriana Court said the man pushed open their door as they were exiting their home to make entry. They chased the suspect around the house until they saw a knife in his hand.
The suspect entered homes on Marsala Drive by throwing a lawn ornament through a window and cutting a screen. One victim followed the suspect in a black Mercedes and pulled a concealed weapon, ordering the man to the ground. The man initially complied, but soon rose, told the victim to “go ahead and shoot me” and then got in the vehicle and drove away.
Police on the scene observed damage to several of the houses. An investigation continues. The Sun News does not name suspects until formal charges are filed.