HORRY COUNTY, SC (WMBF) - South Carolina has some of the highest incidences of criminal domestic violence in the nation. It's defined as a pattern of abusive behavior in a relationship that is used by one partner to gain or maintain power and control over the other. In this week's 'Horry County Suspect Search,' we're looking at a case of first and second-degree criminal domestic violence.
Deputies are searching for 28-year-old Casey Gates for an incident that happened on Kings Grant Drive in Murrells Inlet at around 9 p.m. on August 30, 2015. The Horry County police report says that when police arrived, Gates had already run from the residence, but that he got into an argument with the female victim, and stole $45 in cash from her, as well as roughing her up a bit. The report says he got into her bedroom through the window, grabbed her by the wrist, and pushed on her throat. Police noted an abrasion on the upper-left side of the victim's chest. Gates's last known address is on King Grant Drive in Murrells inlet.
The Horry County Sheriff's Office is also searching for 30-year-old Charlie Mershon for second-degree domestic violence. The Horry County Police report states that on August 29, 2015 from somewhere in the county, Mershon sent the victim a picture of his bloody knuckle after punching her vehicle. The report says when she got home, he pushed her against the wall, and she pushed him back to get away. From there, the fight escalated, and he allegedly pushed her on the ground, put his hands around her neck, and started to choke her. His last known address is on Bellamy Lane in Myrtle Beach.