MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) – A Myrtle Beach cab driver has been arrested and charged with assault and battery in the second degree after police say he stabbed another cab driver during a fight Tuesday.
According to a police report from the Horry County Police Department, Myrtle Beach Police responded to an area on Highway 17 Bypass near Lauderdale Boulevard around 8 p.m. in reference to an assault involving a knife.
When MB Police realized the area was in the jurisdiction of Horry County, they called the Horry County Police Department.
When officers arrived, they discovered the victim of the assault was at the South Strand Regional Medical Hospital while the suspect was still on scene.
According to 44-year-old Randy Keith Barr, a cab driver for Grand Strand Transportation, the fight began at the Myrtle Beach Airport after the victim used Barr's credit card machine. Barr told police he approached the victim at the airport over money supposedly owed to the victim.
Barr said the verbal altercation turned physical at the airport when both Barr and the victim grabbed each other and fell to the ground before being separated by bystanders.
According to the report, the victim agreed to meet with Barr in the parking lot at Coastal Grand Mall to finish the fight, however, Barr said road rage ensued on the way and both vehicles stopped along Highway 17 Bypass.
Barr told police when he approached the driver's side door of the victim's cab, the victim jumped out and began to pin Barr against the driver's seat. Barr said he then reached into his left pocket and pulled out a four to five inch non-lockable pocket knife and stabbed the victim in the middle of the chest area.
The victim allegedly did not let go of Barr, and at that time Barr stabbed the victim a second time in the middle/upper back area.
At that time, Barr said the victim left to take himself to the hospital.
Officers then went to locate the victim at the hospital, who informed officers he did not agree to meet Barr at Coastal Grand Mall to continue the fight. Officers observed knife wounds to his chest and back.
Upon searching the victim's vehicle, officers found the knife, which did have blood on it.
Barr was arrested in connection to the incident. According to the police report, the case would be presented to a magistrate to obtain a warrant for the victim's mutual physical actions, however, it is unknown at this time if the victim has been arrested at this time.