Former Waccamaw EOC board member arrested

Abdullah Mustafa (Source: J. Reuben Long Detention Center)
Abdullah Mustafa (Source: J. Reuben Long Detention Center)

Little River, SC - HORRY COUNTY, SC (WMBF) - A former board member of the Waccamaw Economic Opportunity Council is facing firearms charges stemming from a Tuesday morning arrest.

Abdullah Mustafa, 46, of Conway, was arrested by Horry County Police and booked into the J. Reuben Long Detention Center at 8:40 a.m., according to jail records.

Officers with the Horry County Police Department were dispatched to 3964 N. Horseshoe Rd. in Little River at 5:30 a.m. after receiving reports of a stolen vehicle. Upon arrival, officers met with two victims who said they were awoken by Mustafa inside of the home.

A male victim told responding officers Mustafa allegedly stuck a gun to a female victim's forehead while screaming profanities. Mustafa fled from the house after a witness walked into the room and began crying.

The woman claimed she later received a call from Mustafa saying she wouldn't have a car for the day. After looking out her window, the woman realized her car was missing.

Mustafa told police he went to the woman's home to confront her about an affair, but contends no physical altercation or gun was involved in the incident. Mustafa also noted he had a set of keys to the victim's car, but said it was in the parking lot when he left the area.

The 46-year-old was later arrested by Horry County Police and charged with pointing and presenting a firearm. He remains in custody at the J. Reuben Long Detention Center.

Mustafa recently made headlines after being booted from the Waccamaw EOC Board of Directors during a public meeting in August. Community members who attended the meeting voted to remove Mustafa from the agency's board in a 54-29 vote.

The called meeting stemmed from an audit completed by the state governor's Office of Economic Opportunity in March.

According to officials, a letter to the Waccamaw EOC's board chairman on Aug. 3 noted the Office of Economic Opportunity was "highly concerned about the effectiveness and functionality of the board."

The letter further recommended the removal of Mustafa, citing continued violation of misuse of power. By-laws outlined by the Office of Economic Opportunity, according to agency documents, define misuse of power as "actions influencing or attempting to influence the operation of programs."

Mustafa told WMBF News he does not agree with the audit and previously defended that he was properly elected by the people.

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