Police Blotter: New information about home invasion

  • Wednesday, April 9, 2014

As reported Friday, the Sheriff’s Office is seeking help from the public in locating the five men believed to be responsible for a home invasion that occurred at about 11:30 p.m. March 31 in the 400 block of Trinity Drive.

When deputies arrived, the 32-year-old male victim was standing outside the residence.

The man said he had been in his living room watching TV when his girlfriend began to yell about someone being at the back door.

The victim said when he opened the back door to see who was outside, he was “taken by surprise” by a man who was standing behind the door.

The suspect - who was wearing a green bandana over his face - pushed the man on the ground and held him at gunpoint while two other armed men went inside the house and started looking around, the report states.

The suspect with the man began demanding money. He was told the only money the victim had was in his pants pocket on the couch. One of the gunmen who was in the house heard him and took the undisclosed amount of cash from his wallet.

Another suspect grabbed a laptop that belonged to the homeowner’s girlfriend. The woman begged the man to not take her laptop because it contained her school work.

The suspect dropped the laptop by the door and took the watch the male victim was wearing.

He also took the man’s cell phone. The suspects then fled the scene and handed the ite,s to the other suspects who were in a car. They also had their faces covered.

Intoxicated teen causes big problems

A 16-year-old from Pawleys Island was arrested after reportedly getting drunk and causing problems at The Markette store in Murrells Inlet at about 10 p.m. March 31.

When deputies arrived, the suspect was outside the building. His slurred speech and unsteadiness on his feet let the officers know he was intoxicated.

The deputies heard the teen yelling racial slurs at someone.

A Surfside Beach man said he was in the store and saw the teen with his mother. He said the woman was asking an African-American worker for help and her son “became confrontational with everyone,” the report states.

The man said he asked the teen to step away and he responded by spitting in the victim’s face.

The teen then reportedly walked outside and urinated on the building.

A clerk confirmed the story, saying the suspect was trying to fight everyone while making racial remarks.

The teen’s mother said he had been released to her by Horry County police because of something that happened in that county. She said when she picked him up, he was not acting like himself so she drove to Waccamaw Hospital. She said he tried to jump out of her moving car, so she drove to The Markette to try to get help.

When contacted by Georgetown County authorities, Horry County police said they had not seen the suspect or his mother that day.

The woman said she wanted to file charges against workers at The Markette because they did not help her. She was told she would have to take that up with the store’s management because it was not a criminal matter.

The teen was taken for mental evaluation because he threatened suicide as he was being arrested.

Aunt concerned about niece

A Kensington woman called 911 after a 16-year-old boy was seen leaving her home while the only person in the house was her 13-year-old niece.

The woman said her niece was not supposed to have the boy at the house without adult supervision.

The girl said the boy came over but they stood outside. She said she gave him a hug and kiss but nothing else happened that day

The 16-year-old was placed on trespass notice.

Gay sex calls

A man from the 9600 block of Highmarket Street reported phone harassment April 1.

The man said he has been getting repeated calls from an unknown person talking about gay sex.

He said he has no idea how the man got his number. The man called again while the deputy was on the scene but hung up when the deputy took the phone.

The victim said the man called him nine times that day, He said he wants the calls to stop.

He was advised to block the number.

Information is subject to change as the investigation proceeds. Individuals arrested and/or charged have not been convicted.

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