MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. (WMBF) – Police are investigating after a man reportedly broke into a woman’s home early Thursday morning and held a knife to her throat before fleeing the scene.
Officers responded to a home on Valene Court and spoke to the 31-year-old victim, who said the suspect had come in through her bedroom window while she was sleeping, according to a Myrtle Beach police report.
The victim said the suspect woke her up and held a knife to her throat, according to police. She did not want to speak on camera, but said she’s had trouble sleeping since the incident.
The 31-year-old struggled with the suspect and told police she believes the suspect was scared off after a woman in the bedroom next door woke up in a “coughing fit,” the report states.
The home is operated by the Eastern Carolina Homeless Organization (ECHO) who said an incident like this has never happened at one of their residences.
ECHO President Joey Smoak said the group is installing a new security system at the home, as well as a keypad door lock and new window locks.
Police said the suspect quickly left the room, slamming the door knob against the bedroom wall.
According to the report, the woman in the next door bedroom exited her room in time to see the suspect’s shadow exit the front door.
Police described the suspect as a Hispanic male, about 35 years old with a skinny build.
If you have any information on this incident, call Myrtle Beach police.