2 men charged after fight with hammer

Source: WMBF News Reporter Will Whitson
Source: WMBF News Reporter Will Whitson
Source: WMBF News Reporter Will Whitson
Source: WMBF News Reporter Will Whitson
Jeremy Graham (Source: MBPD)
Jeremy Graham (Source: MBPD)
Donald Mitchell
Donald Mitchell

MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) Two men were sent to the hospital following an argument with a hammer and a stick in a Myrtle Beach condo Tuesday morning.

Captain David Knipes, spokesman for Myrtle Beach Police, tells WMBF News that police responded to a fight at the Quail March Condominiums on Greens Blvd around 10 a.m.

Knipes says two men were arguing, one man yielding a hammer and the other a stick. Both suffered from injuries and were transported to Grand Strand Regional Medical Center.

One of the men, 41-year-old Donald Demetrius Mitchell, was sitting on a curb in the parking lot bleeding from his head and yelling, according to an incident report obtained from Myrtle Beach Police.

The other man, identified as 30-year-old Jeremy Rashawn Graham, was standing just a few short feet away and yelling, also bleeding from the head.

The report says a black female witness was speaking with officers that first responded to the scene and had dried blood on her arms. Both Mitchell and Graham were immediately taken to the hospital for treatment before being interviewed, because of their physical and emotional condition.

An interview at the hospital revealed Mitchell had been arguing with the mother of his children when Graham got involved in the altercation. Mitchell told police he and Graham exchanged 'heated words' on Monday but the arguing was not physical.

Mitchell continued that he woke up on his porch Tuesday morning, and Graham approached him around 9 a.m. with two friends when the arguing began again.

Mitchell reports that Graham struck him twice with a broom or mop handle on each side of his head, and then Mitchell tackled him.

The report says one of the friends began "choking out" Mitchell.

Mitchell admitted he had a hammer in his pocket for self-defense but denied ever using it. Graham reported he passed out after being struck by the hammer, and heard people screaming when he woke up.

The report says officers noted injuries on both men.

After receiving medical treatment, both Graham and Mitchell were taken into custody and transported to the Myrtle Beach Jail where they are charged with assault and battery.

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