Crime

Myrtle Beach man dared police to disarm him in standoff

Edwin John Rowan IV
Edwin John Rowan IV Courtesy of J. Reuben Long Detention Center

A Myrtle Beach man was charged with domestic violence of a high and aggravated nature and resisting arrest after a nearly eight-hour standoff during which police say he dared them to come disarm him.

Horry County police were called about 8:20 p.m. May 3 to a home on Orion Drive in the Crystal Lake Community in the Surfside Beach area for a domestic violence complaint, according to Lt. Raul Denis with Horry County police.

A woman reported that her estranged husband, 52-year-old Edwin John Rowan IV, assaulted her with a knife when she returned there to pick up some belongings, according to an incident report.

The woman’s injuries were minor, and she told police the man locked himself inside the home with guns, and made threats to shoot police, Denis said.

The man refused to exit the home or cooperate with authorities, telling officers he had a gun in his “hand; if you want it come and get it,” according to the report.

The situation turned into a nearly eight-hour standoff that lasted until 4 a.m. May 4 when Horry County Police Department Special Operations personnel forced their way inside and took the man into custody, Denis said.

No one was injured during the incident, authorities said.

Rowan is being held in the J. Reuben Long Detention Center under an $11,500 bond.

Emily Weaver: 843-444-1722, @TSNEmily

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