Father and son arrested after Boathouse brawl

Barry Thomas
Barry Thomas

A father and son were arrested following a brawl at The Boathouse Bar & Grill after the father hit two people with an axe handle, according to a police report.

Barry Thomas, 46, of Myrtle Beach, was arrested June 8 and charged with two counts of assault and battery of a high and aggravated nature and was released from the J. Reuben Long Detention Center June 9 on a $5,000 bond, according to jail records.

Zachary Thomas, 18, also of Myrtle Beach, the son of Barry Thomas, was arrested and released June 8 from the J. Reuben Long Detention Center.

Zachary Thomas was charged with third-degree assault and battery and released on a $500 bond.

Horry County police officers responded to the incident about 12:15 a.m. Monday to The Boathouse at 201 Fantasy Harbour Blvd., Myrtle Beach, according to the report.

Barry and Zachary Thomas, along with Barry’s other son, were escorted out of The Boathouse by management and security, according to an Horry County police report.

A victim told police bar staff tried to get a cab for the men, but the father and sons became aggravated, and Zachary Thomas got a yellow axe handle out of the truck and started swinging it around, authorities said.

Barry Thomas’ other son was trying to get his father and brother into the truck to leave, but Barry Thomas got out of the truck and struck a 23-year-old man with the axe handle, police said.

Authorities said Barry Thomas then struck a 28-year-old man on the right side of his face and right hand.

Bar staff then subdued Barry Thomas and detained him down on the ground until Horry County police arrived, authorities said.

At that time, a witness said Zachary Thomas got out of the truck and punched a 43-year-old man in the face, and then ran to a nearby hotel after fighting with bar staff and bystanders who tried to subdue him, police said.

Once in the hotel, police said Zachary Thomas dove over the counter and began yelling that someone was trying to kill his dad, and a hotel clerk then called authorities.

Zachary Thomas was taken to Grand Strand Regional Medical Center for injuries on his face, which occurred during the fight, police said. He was taken to the J. Reuben Long Detention Center after being released from the hospital.

Contact ELIZABETH TOWNSEND at 626-0217 or on Twitter @TSN_etownsend.