MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) - Myrtle Beach Police responded to a possible burglary call Monday morning, then later arrested a man for attempting arson. Gasoline and a soda bottle were found as evidence in the case, according to reports.
Police arrived to the scene at the 400 block of North Ocean Blvd Monday night and discovered a suspect was being held against a vehicle by two hotel employees When police handcuffed the suspect, he was not cooperative.
The victim told police the initial incident happened when he left his room to go to the store. When the victim was in the stair-well, the suspect allegedly made a racial comment and hand gesture in the shape of a gun, pointing in his direction. The victim asked if he had a problem and the suspect did not respond.
When the victim returned after leaving on his moped, his room smelled like gasoline when he was lying in bed. He checked the stove, and outside of the room where he saw the suspect pouring contents that smelled like gasoline out of a soda bottle onto the door.
The victim confronted the suspect and defended himself with a knife, but didn't need to use it, according to police reports. The suspect then took off running towards the boardwalk and was stopped by the Holiday Sands employees and security.
Police found a lighter in the pants of the suspect. Crime scene Humes responded to process evidence.
The victim said he believes the man was trying to intentionally set the room on fire.
Clayton Byers, 36, was arrested for arson, attempts to burn and willful and malicious. No bond is set.