A 21-year-old man was arrested outside a Myrtle Beach gentleman’s club after police charged him in connection with a man being stabbed and another being bitten on the ankle after he was kicked out of the club for being too drunk, according to authorities.
Ernest Ray Arnette, 21, was charged with second-degree assault and battery after officers were called at 1 a.m Tuesday to Chez Joey at 716 Seaboard St., police said.
Officers found Arnette walking down the street and took him into custody on their way to the club, according to a police report. A 28-year-old man was stabbed in the armpit area, which was less than two inches away from his lung, and required stitches at a nearby hospital.
A 23-year-old man reported he was bitten on the ankle and hit in the head by the hull of one of the knives Arnette had in his hands, according to the report. The victim and the other man told officers that Arnette was asked to leave the club because he was too intoxicated and he became upset.
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After Arnette was told to leave the premises, the victim said Arnette cursed and used racial slurs toward two people standing nearby. Arnette also removed some of his clothes and tried to get the men to fight him, according to the report.
Arnette then went to his car and got two large knives and tried to fight the men, according to the report. The other man tackled Arnette and was bitten. The victim was stabbed when he tried to help after he heard the other man yell out during the struggle.
Witnesses told police the same version of events, according to the report. After being arrested, Arnette told officers he didn’t know why he was kicked out of the club and he argued with the victims.
Arnette said he got the knives for self-defense because the victims wanted to fight him, according to the report. Arnette denied stabbing the victim or biting the other man.