Crimes up during holiday weekend in Myrtle Beach

Extra traffic in town for Memorial Day in Myrtle Beach had police working overtime.

Capt. David Knipes, spokesman for Myrtle Beach police, said it’s something the agency plans for every year. Extra officers are brought in to handle the volume of calls that skyrockets with the influx of tourists.

“Obviously it’s a three-day weekend,” Knipes said. “It’s a combination of the long weekend, Military Appreciation Days and [Atlantic Beach] Bikefest all rolled into one.”

Police have not yet compiled all the reports from criminal and traffic incidents into the computer database, so Knipes wasn’t able to identify any specific crime trends. He said things like the number of motorcycle wrecks or robberies would be tallied later in the week once all the incident reports had been transcribed.

The jail had more activity than the previous weekend with 242 people booked at J. Reuben Long Detention Center Friday through Sunday, with 95 on Sunday alone, though not all of the arrests were related to motorcyclists or even tourists. The previous weekend 193 people were booked at the jail.

Between May 11 and May 13, or the start of the Harley-Davidson rally, 153 arrests were made in Horry County.

Similar crime statistics from the Harley-Davidson rally about a week ago were not available Monday from Myrtle Beach or Horry County police.

Some of the crimes were violent including a stabbing and a few armed robberies.

The stabbing happened about 3:30 a.m. Sunday when a 26-year-old man and his brother were walking on the 900 block of South Ocean Boulevard. The victim unknowingly walked in front of a 29-year-old North Carolina man trying to take a picture, police said.

The two fought and the victim was stabbed with an unknown object. Brian Terrell Strayhorne is charged with assault and battery of a high and aggravated nature.

At the Bank of America on North Oak Street, a woman told Myrtle Beach police she and two friends were shot 11:30 p.m. Sunday. The two friends stayed in the car while the woman, 49, went to the walk-up ATM, according to a police report. Two suspects in dark clothing with bandanas over their faces approached and told the victims not to move before shooting two or three bullets into the air, police said. The woman hid behind a pillar, when her friends started to drive away one of the men shot at the car damaging the driver’s side door and the hood.

A K-9 unit was called, but the suspects were not found. The three victims were not injured.

Two men were charged with robbing a 28-year-old woman on South Ocean Boulevard near 15th Avenue South when police said they pointed a gun at the girl and took her purse. She chased after them and was able to give police a license plate. Khandon Onsha Frink, 28, of Shallotte, N.C., and Willie Carnell Frink, 30, of Lithonia, Ga., were arrested when police found the vehicle, a red Ford F-150, and a 40-caliber handgun magazine inside.

Also in the 15th Avenue South area, a 35-year-old man told Myrtle Beach police he was walking just before 3 a.m. Monday when three men in a Chevrolet Avalanche or Cadillac style truck bearing North Carolina tags robbed him. One of the men stayed in the car, while the other two exited and threw him to the ground and took his wallet containing $300, a $5,000 watch and a ring before fleeing the scene.