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Suspected carjacker faces purse snatching charges

The suspect has been identified as 36-year-old Patrick Gause. (Source: Myrtle Beach Police Department) The suspect has been identified as 36-year-old Patrick Gause. (Source: Myrtle Beach Police Department)
The taxi apparently carjacked in Conway and recovered in Myrtle Beach (Source: WMBF Photographer Ian Dorety) The taxi apparently carjacked in Conway and recovered in Myrtle Beach (Source: WMBF Photographer Ian Dorety)
Myrtle Beach Police found the third car abandoned near the MB Airport. (Source: WMBF News Reporter Monique Blair) Myrtle Beach Police found the third car abandoned near the MB Airport. (Source: WMBF News Reporter Monique Blair)

CONWAY, SC (WMBF) - Conway Police arrested the man who is suspected of carjacking at least three vehicles in Conway and Myrtle Beach in 24 hours.

He was charged, and a bond hearing was held Wednesday.

The suspect was identified as 36-year-old Patrick Gause by Myrtle Beach Police. Conway Police arrested him in relation to a carjacking/armed robbery incident at Gasoline Alley on October 7, and an armed robbery at the Delta Motel on October 5, CPD officials stated. He was arrested without incident on Hemingway Street Tuesday morning.

On Wednesday, a bond hearing was held for Gause. His total bond was $100,000 for the following charges: armed robbery, assault and battery third degree, carjacking, strong arm robbery, and grand larceny.

Myrtle Beach Police spokesman Captain David Knipes says Gause was brought from J. Reuben Long Detention Center to the Myrtle Beach Jail to appear in front of a Myrtle Beach Municipal judge for a bond hearing and will soon be brought back to J. Reuben Long Detention Center.

Myrtle Beach Police have also charged Patrick Gause for a purse snatching that occurred on Oct. 10 while he was on the run from authorities.

Police responded to the corner of Gasoline Alley and Singleton Street at about 4:15 a.m. on Monday, October 7, where a female taxi driver told officers that a man stole money and the taxi at knife point, according to a news release from the Conway Police Department.

The victim was unharmed, and Captain David Knipes confirmed the taxi was found on 16th Avenue South in the City of Myrtle Beach.

A second taxi was apparently stolen from 19th Avenue South at about 8 a.m. Monday, Capt. Knipes said. That taxi was recovered on Wayside Road in Conway, where a woman was assaulted, and a third vehicle, a black Ford Fusion was apparently stolen at 9 a.m. from a woman's home, according to Lt. Robert Kegler with the Horry County Police Department.

That woman wanted to remain unidentified but told WMBF News she is acquaintances with the suspect. She said this morning she heard a honk outside her home. She said she looked outside, and it was an Anchor Taxi Cab. She said she got up to go outside and tell the driver he was at the wrong house. Once she got outside, the victim said she recognized Gause. She said he asked her to come inside, at first she said she declined Gause. But, the victim said Gause asked to use the bathroom, so she let him inside. She said once he got inside, he assaulted her.

"He smacked me. I looked up, 'talkin bout give me some money.' I said, 'I don't have any money.' He put his hand in his pocket, I assumed he had a gun or something. I pointed to my purse ,he dashed over to my purse. I ran behind him, he said 'don't you run.' He snatched my money said 'where the car keys?' He snatched the car keys, dashed out the door went to the cab grabbed a purse, went to my car and sped off," the victim explained.

Shortly after 12:00 p.m., Myrtle Beach Police recognized the Fusion driving on Ocean Boulevard in Myrtle Beach, and attempted to stop it. The car continued driving, and police found the car abandoned off Harrelson Boulevard in Myrtle Beach near the airport, confirmed officials with the WMBF News reporter at the scene. Canines were dispatched to locate the suspect on foot, but lost his scent.

Officers continued a patrol search. According to Capt. Knipes, they have reason to believe the suspect may have asked a landscaper in the area for a ride. But, the landscaper told police he declined the request.

Warrants for Gause were signed by Horry County Police Monday afternoon for petty larceny and third-degree assault and battery. These charges reflect only the incident on Wayside Drive in Conway, Lt. Kegler said.

Myrtle Beach Police signed a warrant for Gause's arrest for armed robbery and carjacking.

Conway Police obtained warrants for Gause: one count each of armed robbery and carjacking. A warrant for armed robbery has also been issued for a separate incident that happened on October 5, officials stated. A victim told police that at about 12:30 a.m. Saturday, Gause was let into the his room at the Delta Motel. Gause then presented a gun and took $90 cash from the victim.

The Horry County Sheriff's Office confirmed that Gause is a registered sex offender. He was convicted on April 10, 2007 for criminal sexual conduct with a 15-year-old and was released from prison on May 31 of 2013. His last check with his parole officer was September 3.

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