Victim fears suspect in Market Common bat attack could come back to ‘finish the job’

Vinings assault suspect in court

MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) – A man said his home looks like a murder scene after he and his wife were attacked with a metal bat in front of their 2-year-old daughter.

Those details were revealed by the victim at a bond hearing Friday for 29-year-old Ryan Knox.

Warrants from Myrtle Beach police accuse Knox of hitting that couple with a bat, which caused severe injuries and knocked the wife unconscious.

Knox also allegedly said he would kill them all and hit a family friend who was ultimately able to escape out of a window with the child at the couple's apartment at the Vinings in The Market Common.

The victim said he knew Knox, who he claimed had been drinking.

Knox's mother spoke at the bond hearing, saying her son suffers from post-traumatic stress disorder and brain injuries received in Afghanistan.

The victim, however, said that doesn't excuse what happened.

“I do understand that he was in the military at some point, but so was I,” the victim said at Friday’s hearing. “I just find it very unbecoming of a person of that type of stature to use that as an excuse.”

According to the victim, if he had not been able to get the bat from Knox, he and his family would probably be dead.

The victim went on to say both he and his wife are afraid he could come back and "finish the job." His wife remains in a hospital recovering from her injuries, but the victim said she's stable.

Knox's mother asked the judge to assist her son with getting help.

The judge said Know will receive a full examination while he's in custody.

Knox was granted a $50,000 bond on each of his four attempted murder counts.

On Thursday morning, police responded to Margarita Drive to investigate a reported assault. According to arrest warrants, Knox hit a man in the head with a metal bat while he was trying to protect his wife, a friend and the child.

The man suffered a large, swollen knot to the top of the right side of his head, the warrants state.

Knox also allegedly hit the man’s wife in the head with the metal bat, causing her to fall on the bathroom floor and was knocked unconscious for a short period of time. She was taken to Grand Strand Regional Medical Center with severe injuries to her head and face.

The warrants allege that a friend of the husband and wife, who was also inside the home, was hit in the arm by Knox. At some point, Knox tried to make his way to the 2-year-old’s bedroom when he was stopped by the father of the child and the two struggled over the baseball bat, according to the warrants.

Documents show the friend grabbed the 2-year-old and escaped out of a window.

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