Police looking for man on carjacking crime spree

Police looking for man on carjacking crime spree

Myrtle Beach and Conway police are looking for a man who robbed a cab driver at knifepoint, stole the cab she was driving, then ditched it and stole another cab in Myrtle Beach. The man police have named as the suspect, Patrick Gause, is a registered sex offender in South Carolina.

The man called for a ride with Country Boy Taxi around 4:15 a.m. Monday in Conway.

The female driver took him to Gasoline Alley and Singleton Street off Highway 378, where he robbed her at knifepoint and stole her cab, according to Captain Tammy Carter with Conway police. The cab driver was unharmed, and the man got away with an undisclosed amount of money, Carter added. Conway police have obtained warrants for Gause in this incident of Carjacking and Armed Robbery.

Myrtle Beach police officers found the cab at 406 16th Avenue South. Around this time, police responded to a carjacking of a taxi near 19th Avenue South, where the driver of the cab said a man tried to rob him and stole his cab, according to Captain David Knipes with Myrtle Beach police.

Knipes said the Myrtle Beach taxi was located in Conway where the man dropped the cab off and stole another car.

The third car was stolen from Wayside Drive in Horry County, which is when Horry County police got involved in the investigation.

Police say the man drove the second taxi that was carjacked to the home on Wayside Drive where he robbed a woman of $300, slapped her on the face and stole her car.

Police located the third car, a black Ford Fusion, off of Harrelson Boulevard, near the airport, on Monday afternoon.

Capt. Knipes said police set up a perimeter in the wooded area near where the car was found, and says the suspect is considered armed and dangerous.

Police are searching for Patrick J. Gause, 36, in relation to the carjackings. He was last seen wearing a grey sweater and blue jeans. He is 6'1" and 225 lbs.

Conway police have also obtained a warrant for Gause in a separate incident on Oct. 5 in which he is accused of armed robbery. It happened at the Delta Motel at 305 Wright Boulevard around 12:30 a.m. Sunday. The victim reported that Gause came to his room at the motel looking for another man. The victim told police that he let Gause into his room and that is when Gause pulled a gun out and took $90 from the victim. The victim was not hurt.

Gause is a registered sex offender in South Carolina.

His address on the registry is on Wayside Road in Conway. He was released from prison on May 31, 2013. He was convicted of Criminal Sexual Conduct with a Minor, 2nd Degree with a 15 year old girl.

According to Horry County online court records, Patrick Gause has been convicted of or pled guilty to the following charges:

Arrested July 15, 1994 and pled guilty on October 12, 1994 to Drug Manufacturing or Distribution. Sentenced as a youthful offender to 6 years.

Arrested June 9, 1995 and pled guilty on October 19, 1995 to Miscellaneous and Nondiscernable on what was originally a charge of Distribution of Drugs near a School. Sentenced to 2 years, 5 months, 15 days.

Arrested September 9, 1997 and pled guilty on April 15, 1998 to Burglary (violent), 1st Degree (2 counts) and sentenced to 5 years with Credit for Time Served from September 9, 1997. He also was found guilty on a bench trial of Simple Assault and Battery and sentenced to Time Served.

Arrested on July 8, 2002 and pled guilty on April 24, 2003 to Petit Larceny, Receiving Stolen Goods, Grand Larceny, Resisting Arrest, and Failure to Stop for a Blue Light. He was sentenced to 5 years and 2 years probation.

Arrested on September 28, 2003 and pled guilty on January 8, 2004 to Assault and Battery of a High and Aggravated Nature and was sentenced to 6 months, with 103 days Credit for Time Served.

Arrested on April 11, 2004 and pled guilty on April 10, 2007 to Criminal Sexual Conduct with a Minor, 2nd Degree and Drug Manufacturing or Distribution, 2nd Degree and was sentenced to 10 years with Credit for Time Served since April 11, 2004.