Suspect in reported assault threw chair at police

Michael Aaron Hazelwood (Source: J. Reuben Long Detention Center)
Michael Aaron Hazelwood (Source: J. Reuben Long Detention Center)

HORRY COUNTY, SC (WMBF) A Myrtle Beach man remains behind bars Monday for a reported assault against a 14-year-old boy and two adults.

Michael Aaron Hazelwood, 40, of Myrtle Beach was arrested Saturday morning around 3 a.m. and charged with two counts of assault and battery and unlawful neglect of a child or helpless person by legal guardian.

In a police report obtained by WMBF News, the 14-year-old assault victim reports that Hazelwood woke him up Friday by punching him in the face.

An additional assault victim, a female, claimed in the report to have tried to separate Hazelwood from the boy when he started attacking her.

When police responded to the home in the Burgess community early Saturday morning to investigate a reported fight, they could hear Hazelwood in the home screaming "I'll kill him."

Those officers entered the home to find the female victim covered in blood. Officers entered another room in the home where they found an additional assault victim with the suspect.

At that time, the report states that Hazelwood lifted a large wooden chair and threw it at police and the female victim.

Hazelwood was then tased by the officers on scene and placed in handcuffs.

EMS responded to the scene and transported the minor and female victim to a local hospital, but the adult male victim did not wish to be treated for his injuries.

The male victim reported to police that Hazelwood was highly intoxicated and combative when he arrived at the home on Friday night. According to the victim, Hazelwood first assaulted the 14-year-old boy, then himself and the female victim when they tried to break it up.

The male victim further stated that Hazelwood had hit the female victim with a table he threw at her and attempted to throw her through a glass door. He continued that Hazelwood's aggression was then focused on him until police arrived.

Hazelwood remains in the custody of J. Reuben Long Detention Center Monday with a $32,500 bond.

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