Man with machete arrested after threatening friends and officers

Man with machete arrested after threatening friends and officers

MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) - Myrtle Beach Police have arrested a man after he reportedly threatened two people with a machete, then made threats to officers.

Joshua Floyd was charged with 1st degree assault and battery Saturday morning as well as resisting arrest after he involved police in an hours long stand-off situation.

Police reports say the incident started in the early morning hours. One of the victims told police he had been partying with Floyd when his mood changed.

"The complainant stated that the offender became enraged around 0630 hours and accused the complainant of stealing drugs fro him," a police report said.

The victim reported that Floyd then chased him out of his apartment in the in the Westwind community off Pridgen Road. Floyd was reportedly carrying a machete and threatening to kill the victim.

At that point, police reports said Floyd began cutting himself with the machete  on his arms, stomach, and chest.

When police arrived on scene around 8:00 a.m., authorities say things escalated quickly. Lt. Joey Crosby said the man locked himself and others in the apartment and made threats towards officers.

"Based on the incident that happened here this morning and the facts that the officers had, they felt it was best to retreat for their safety and also for the safety of the officers as well," Crosby said.

SLED was called in along with a SWAT team and Horry County Fire and Rescue to block off the area and keep residents away from the scene.

"Officers attempted to make contact with the subject at which time the subject threatened public officials," Crosby said. "Officers retreated from the incident location, established a perimeter and then called for additional resources while they obtained an arrest warrant and a search warrant for that location."

Lt. Crosby said MBPD has decided not to investigate the incident as a hostage situation. He says after the additional forces arrived on scene, a search warrant for the apartment was requested, and the SWAT team broke down the door and apprehended the suspect before anyone was hurt.

One woman told us her family lives in the apartments, and she rushed over when her mother told her she was unable to leave her home.

"She saw the police officers hiding in the bushes and all around and they were kind of in a rush to get her out of the way. And they told her she needed to go ahead and get in the car or go to wherever she was headed quickly," Ruth Krawchuck said.

The area was blocked off for several hours.

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