Bobby Edwards

Bobby Edwards, 52.

A Conway man facing charges of mistreating an employee at J&J Cafeteria has been arrested three additional times since he was charged with assault and battery.

Bobby Paul Edwards, 52, was in the Horry County jail yesterday on charges of first-degree burglary, simple possession of marijuana, open container and driving under the influence.

According to a Conway police report, an alarm at a Lakeside Drive home summoned police to the house where Edwards used to live. When they arrived they found a pickup truck with the driver’s door open in the driveway.

The responding officer also reported seeing a man walking from the back yard toward the truck.

The policeman detained the suspect because he had previously been trespassed from the property, according to the police report. He told police he was there to pick up a “fridge” that was his.

He also said he was there because his father called and asked him to go check on the alarm.

The police report says the suspect had a strong odor similar to marijuana and alcohol coming from him and told police he had drunk a couple of twisted teas, smoked some marijuana and taken an Adderall and a Xanax within the past few hours.

The policeman checked and found that a back window to the house was smashed in and the screen was pulled out. The report says a marijuana cigarette was recovered near the broken window and the suspect had small cuts on his fingers.

The homeowner was not home when the incident happened, but came after police were there.

The police report says the suspect performed poorly on field sobriety tests and refused to attempt a breath test. He was taken to jail.

Edwards was arrested in November of 2014 and indicted by an Horry County Grand Jury in May of 2015 on charges of second-degree assault and battery in connection with possible abuse of John Christopher Smith, who worked and lived at J&J Cafeteria.

The indictment says from Jan. 1, 2010, until Oct. 15, 2014, the suspect burned, beat with belts and belt buckles, choked, slapped and punched Smith with his fist. The indictment says the victim suffered injuries and scarring.

Records show that Edwards was bonded out on a $10,000 cash bond.

Due to a conflict in the 15th Circuit Solicitor’s Office the case was transferred to the Fourth Circuit and is still pending, according to court records.

In July of this year, Myrtle Beach police arrested Edwards after an incident at Dillards at Coastal Grand Mall.

The police report says the suspect tried to take four pairs of men’s shorts and two men’s shirts.

A Myrtle Beach police report says when police arrived, the suspect was handcuffed and sitting on the floor. Police took the merchandise in question and took the suspect to jail on charges of shoplifting and resisting arrest.

He was found guilty of shoplifting less than $2,000 in a bench trial in the Myrtle Beach Magistrate’s Court and was sentenced to 30 days in jail. According to the Horry County Public Index the sentence was suspended.

The public index also shows Edwards being found guilty of shoplifting in a bench trial in the Conway Municipal Court in March of this year. A warrant connected to the case says Edwards tried to take about $300 of merchandise from the Conway Walmart.

He was sentenced to time served and ordered to pay restitution.

He was still in jail yesterday with bond set at $2,027 for open container, DUI and simple possession of marijuana.

Bond had not been set on the burglary charge.

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I'm the editor of the Horry Independent, a weekly newspaper in Conway, South Carolina. I cover city hall and courts, among many other subjects. Know of a good story? Call me at 843-488-7241.

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