A man was arrested Friday after he allegedly kidnapped his ex-girlfriend’s male friend because he was “texting her and spending time with her,” according to a Myrtle Beach police report.
Michael Wilson, 44, of Myrtle Beach, was charged in connection with kidnapping and 3rd degree assault and battery, online records show.
According to the report, a 20-year-old man told police Wilson kidnapped him around 4 p.m.
The man said he was walking on Ocean Boulevard around 9th Avenue North, when Wilson pulled up in an orange Mitsubishi and told him to get in the car, the report says.
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Wilson then allegedly said “get in the car or I’m going to shoot you,” so the man entered the car “in fear of being shot,” he told police.
After the man got in the car, Wilson drove into an alley way and made him get back out of the car, police said. Once he was out of the car, Wilson allegedly punched him, put him back in the car and “drove off fast,” according to the report.
The man told police he didn’t remember which direction they took but was able to escape after the vehicle stopped at a stop sign near Piedmont and U.S. 17 Bypass. He claimed he ran through woods until he eventually lost sight of Wilson and called 911 once he felt safe enough to do so, police noted in the report.
Police say the man mentioned that he never saw a gun and that Wilson never made any gestures indicating that he did have one.
Wilson’s ex-girlfriend told police that he was upset because the victim “has been texting her and spending time with her,” the report says.
Police note that the man had a black eye, a swollen lump on his forehead and a busted lip that caused a chipped tooth.
Michaela Broyles, 843-626-0281, @MichaelaBroyles