Report: Man assaults woman, attempts to drown her in drainage ditch

Report: Man assaults woman, attempts to drown her in drainage ditch
Michael Joseph Molosky (Source: JRLDC)

MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) - A man is facing charges after allegedly assaulting a woman before attempting to drown her in a drainage ditch last week.

Michael Joseph Molosky, 43, is charged with attempted murder, conspiracy to commit kidnapping, strong arm robbery and trespassing.

On September 22, an officer responded to the area of 700 Seaboard Street after a woman was heard screaming for someone to call 911, a Myrtle Beach Police Department incident report confirms. Police found the 33-year-old victim standing in the parking lot “soaking wet from head to toe” and shaking. She reportedly had a swollen face, with dirt and mud covering her face, neck and clothing. Police say the woman, who appeared to be in shock, stated she was attacked by Molosky and was able to run away. She was transported to a local hospital for treatment where she was interviewed.

According to the report, the woman said she was in a parking lot off Stockholder Avenue and Highway 501 near a scrap metal yard when the suspect and another man rode up on bicycles. The victim then said Molosky started physically attacking the man about “property that was stolen from him while he was in jail.” Police say the victim attempted to intervene, allowing the man the leave the area on his bicycle.

The victim then told police she and Molosky began talking before he “snapped” and started physically attacking her, the report says. The suspect allegedly punched the victim in the face before dragging her towards a drainage ditch next to the parking lot. According to the report, Molosky stated “I’m going to drown you’re a**, you’re not getting out of here alive tonight” before putting her in the water and pushing her head down. At one point, police say the suspect allowed her to get her head out of the water.

The woman reportedly told Molosky multiple times not to kill her and was able to get on a bicycle. According to police, he then took her backpack and began attacking her again. Molosky reportedly started choking her on the ground before dragging her to another drainage ditch. After putting her in the water again, she was able to finally escape on the bicycle where she was found by police, the report confirms.

Police arrested Molosky following the incident on an unrelated charge. The man who the suspect also allegedly attacked was not identified.

Online records show Molosky is currently being held at the J. Reuben Long Detention Center on $250,464 bond.

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