HORRY COUNTY, SC (WMBF) – Police are investigating a possible attempted carjacking Monday morning in the 9000 block of Pond Cypress Lane in Waterford Plantation, according to Horry County Police Department spokesperson Mikayla Moskov.
Moskov said the incident was reported at about 7:45 a.m. The suspect is believed to have been driving a white Kia Optima with a paper tag. A neighbor’s surveillance camera captured the car being driven from the location of the incident.
WMBF News spoke with the victim who says he had his two children in the car. He says he realized he forgot diapers and ran back inside to get them. When he returned, the suspect was there with a gun, threatening him.
“I just wanted him to get as far away from my kids as possible in that moment. So as soon as he pulled that gun and told me to freeze that’s exactly what I did, and I told him that I had kids and to please leave. He slowly started backing away towards his car, got in the car and they pulled off," said the victim.
According to an HCPD incident report, the suspect pulled out a handgun and told the victim to freeze when he was confronted. It was then that the man reportedly got into the back passenger seat of the vehicle and eventually left without taking anything.
Police describe the suspect as a black male, about 18 to 22 years old, with a skinny build. He was last seen wearing jeans and a red/grey hoodie.
“HCPD is asking anyone in the Waterford Plantation community with a home surveillance system to please review their footage and consider turning in any relevant portions that may have caught video of the incident or suspect vehicle traveling through the area,” Mosgov said.
Anyone with information is asked to call the HCPD at (843) 915-8477.