Victim in hatchet attack allegedly protecting woman

© Antonio Goncalves (Source: New Hanover Detention Center)
© Antonio Goncalves (Source: New Hanover Detention Center)

MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) A suspect wanted in a hatchet attack and attempted murder in Myrtle Beach was apprehended in Wilmington Thursday.

According to Capt. David Knipes with Myrtle Beach Police, officers responded to a report of an assault at 200 South Myrtle Street just after 4 a.m. Wednesday morning.

Officers discovered on their arrival that the suspect, Antonio Goncalves, had attacked two victims with a hatchet, causing extensive injuries. The victims were immediately tended to by emergency crews, but their current condition is unknown at this time.

Witnesses to the crime say even though one of the victims was struck several times in the head, he kept fighting Goncalves.

"He didn't fall down," said a witness who asked not to be identified. "He kept fighting, I assume he was fighting for his life."

The witness says the victim was trying to protect Goncavles' ex-girlfriend, who feared for her life.

"He was doing it to be a gentleman," he said. "Anytime you see a woman in trouble, you try and help out."

Police located and apprehended Goncalves in Wilmington, NC Thursday. He is charged with attempted murder.

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