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Man attacked others with baseball bat at Myrtle Beach apartment complex

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The J. Reuben Long Detention Center in Horry County houses inmates soon after an arrest. There are 20 housing units in the facility that hold several hundred inmates.
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The J. Reuben Long Detention Center in Horry County houses inmates soon after an arrest. There are 20 housing units in the facility that hold several hundred inmates.

A man who faces four counts of attempted murder for attacking others with a baseball bat at a Myrtle Beach apartment complex is suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder, according to his mother.

Myrtle Beach police charged Ryan Knox, 29, on Thursday with attempted murder, which is punishable by up to 30 years in prison on each count.

During his bond hearing Friday morning, his mother told the judge her son was one of the first to be deployed to Afghanistan and suffered head injuries, according to our news partner, WPDE.

Victims told the judge, who set Knox’s bond at $50,000 for each count, that the 29-year-old stayed the night with them because he was too drunk to drive, the TV station reported.

Police responded to the Vinings at The Market Common complex on Thursday morning for the reported assault. The complex is located off Farrow Parkway. Cpl. Thomas Vest said two people were taken to the hospital with injuries that were believed to be non-life threatening.

Vest said Knox attacked people with a baseball bat in the assault.

Knox also was taken to the hospital for treatment because of his injuries in the incident.

Alex Lang is the True Crime reporter for The Sun News covering the legal system and how crime impacts local residents. He says letting residents know if they are safe is a vital role of a newspaper. Alex has covered crime in Detroit, Iowa, New York City, West Virginia and now Horry County.

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