Myrtle Beach man to serve two years in prison for stabbing

A Myrtle Beach man was ordered to serve two years in prison after he pleaded guilty to an assault charge that stemmed from a man being stabbed at a city park, according to authorities.

John Henry Brown, 54, of Myrtle Beach pleaded guilty to first-degree assault and battery, according to court records. Circuit Court Judge Larry Hyman sentenced him to five years in prison, but suspended that sentence upon Brown’s completion of two years in prison and two years on probation.

Brown was given credit for the time he has served since being arrested on Aug. 5 on a charge of attempted murder. Brown also was ordered to pay court costs.

The charge stemmed from Myrtle Beach police being called just after midnight Aug. 5 to Withers Swash Park, where they found a man with large lacerations to his face and chest, according to a police report. The victim told police he had been sleeping on the pier at the park when he was awakened by another man who asked him for a light. When the victim responded that he did not have a light, the other man punched him in the face twice and the victim realized his face was bleeding.

The victim told police that his attacker chased him toward Third Avenue South before stopping, according to the report. The victim was able to give police the attacker’s name and told police that he believed his attacker might be traveling on a bicycle.

Officers found Brown a short distance from Withers Swash Park soon afterwards and he was arrested, according to a police report. When police searched Brown they found a pocket knife with a razor blade

The victim’s injuries were not life threatening, according to a police report.