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Third suspect in Avista Resort stabbings taken into custody

Thomas Roy Ammond, 38 years old, (Source: J. Reuben Long Detention Center) Thomas Roy Ammond, 38 years old, (Source: J. Reuben Long Detention Center)
Thomas Roy Ammond III, 19 years old, Thomas Roy Ammond, 38 years old, (Source: J. Reuben Long Detention Center) Thomas Roy Ammond III, 19 years old, Thomas Roy Ammond, 38 years old, (Source: J. Reuben Long Detention Center)
Kenneth James Styer (Source: J. Reuben Long Detention Center) Kenneth James Styer (Source: J. Reuben Long Detention Center)

NORTH MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) – North Myrtle Beach police officers took a third suspect into custody Thursday night after two men were stabbed during a parking lot fight by Avista Resort, according to a North Myrtle Beach Department of Public Safety official.

Officers responded to a call around 11:45 p.m. Wednesday in reference to a fight in progress at the Avista Resort on North Ocean Boulevard. The first officer on scene said in the police report he saw three men assaulting another man in the street. The officer ordered everyone on the ground, but the three assailants tried to run away. The victim fell onto the hood of the police cruiser and the officer noted blood was “pouring” out of his knife wounds. The officer told the victim to sit down and apply pressure to his wounds with the towel in his pocket.

At that point, the officer told one suspect, identified as 38-year-old Thomas Ammond, who was hiding behind bushes to come out and threatened to use a taser on him. Ammond came out from the behind the bushes and was arrested. Officers then started to look for another suspect, later identified as 31-year-old Kenneth Styers, who officers saw run to the Tilghman parking lot towards Hillside Drive.

EMS arrived on scene and gave the victim treatment. At that point, officers said Styer’s wife approached them saying her husband was in the hotel room bleeding heavily. When officers went to the room Styers was gone. Upon searching, Styers was located trying to enter the Avista Resort. He was apprehended and taken to EMS, placed under arrest and taken to the hospital for treatment.

The police report says officers learned the incident started over a verbal argument in the Avista Resort parking lot. A couple nearby heard a victim calling out for help and the male witness tried to pull the suspects off of the victim. At that point, the report says the witness was hit several times in the back of the head and was stabbed in the  back of his neck.

Then the fight moved from the Avista Resort to the area of 2nd Avenue North and Ocean Boulevard and the witness stabbed in the neck did not continue to follow. That is when officers arrived on the scene.

On Thursday night, NMB Police took a third suspect, Thomas Roy Ammond III, into custody, according to NMB spokesman Patrick Dowling. 

All three suspects, Thomas Ammond, 19-year-old Thomas Ammond III, and Kenneth Styers, had their bond hearing Friday morning in City Court, Dowling stated. Charges against all three were upgraded to attempted murder and possession of a weapon during a violent crime. All three are still in custody while the judge determines whether to grant bail or take another action.

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