Crime

Homeless man arrested after stabbing incident in North Myrtle Beach

Justin Ray Boggs
Justin Ray Boggs

North Myrtle Beach police arrested a 25-year-old homeless, Missouri man after another homeless man was stabbed Thursday night.

Justin Ray Boggs was arrested on Friday and charged with assault and battery of a high and aggravated nature.

He is currently being held at the J. Reuben Long Detention Center on a $20,000 bond, according to jail records.

Boggs’ hometown was listed as Bland, Missouri in the police report, and Patrick Dowling, North Myrtle Beach city spokesman, confirmed that Boggs and the victim were both homeless.

Officers were called about 10:47 p.m. Thursday to an area near a golf club at 1520 S. U.S. 17 where a woman, whose age was not listed in the report, told police her boyfriend had been stabbed and was laying on the ground in front of a nearby restaurant, authorities said.

Police said they recognized the woman and 23-year-old male victim from a trespassing incident had occurred earlier that evening.

Authorities said the victim had two cuts on his right cheek and a wound on his right shoulder, which was bleeding heavily.

The woman told police that the victim and Boggs were involved in a verbal argument that escalated into a physical fight and that she saw Boggs with a knife during the altercation, authorities said.

The victim was taken to Grand Strand Regional Medical Center for treatment of his injuries.

Police said they saw Boggs with the victim and woman earlier that evening when the group was seen trespassing.

Boggs ran away after the stabbing occurred, but police said they found him about 12:37 a.m. Friday behind Lumber Liquidators at 2006 S. U.S. 17.

Police said they found a bloody knife on Boggs and that there was blood on his clothes and shoes.

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