Accused bank robber captured while trying to flee in Intracoastal Waterway

Photo by: WMBF News Reporter Mark Meredith
Photo by: WMBF News Reporter Mark Meredith
Photo by: WMBF News Reporter Mark Meredith
Photo by: WMBF News Reporter Mark Meredith
Scott (Source: HCPD)
Scott (Source: HCPD)

HORRY COUNTY, SC (WMBF) - Horry County Police have arrested a Little River man accused of robbing a bank in Calabash Tuesday. The arrest came after police say the suspect ran from law enforcement officers for nearly three hours.

Christopher Wilson Scott, 32, was wanted in connection to a bank robbery at the Security Savings Bank in Calabash, NC on Tuesday afternoon.

Sgt. Robert Kegler, spokesman for the Horry County Police Department, said after sightings of Scott were reported officers responded to the Sleep Inn in the Little River area Wednesday around 7:50 p.m. When they arrived, detectives with the Brunswick County Sheriff's Office were already chasing Scott on foot.

Horry County officers began searching for Scott and located him. Another foot chase ensued, according to Kegler, and the chase led officers to the Eagles Nest Golf Course.

HCPD's bloodhound tracking team responded to the scene and the suspect was later located attempting to flee in the Intracoastal Waterway. Officers arrested Scott near the Cricket Cove Marina.

According to Deputy Del Routh with the Brunswick County Sheriff's Office, Scott was captured around 10:30 p.m.

The pursuit of Scott put the Eastport golf community on lockdown and HCPD asked some residents to stay inside with their doors and windows locked.

In addition to the HCPD and detectives with BCSO, South Carolina Highway Patrol troopers were also on the scene searching a wooded area in the community.

While some people saw the large law enforcement response along Highway 17 and in the Eastport community, others who live in the area did not notice the manhunt at all.

"It was my sister's pre-birthday party, so we just had some friends over - having birthday cake and eating steaks," said Jim Valley who lives in a condo just a short distance from where officer arrested Scott. [It was] just a normal night in Little River."

The only indication of the search came when Jim's friend Maria Cacciabaudo noticed two men at the back of the building looking into the Intracoastal Waterway. She said she did not know who they were though.

"I noticed two men with flashlights at the very end of the building shining down the ravine here, and I thought it was odd," Cacciabaudo said. "I leaned over, and they saw me, and they left quickly.

"I came inside and said Jim 'Why are there men with flashlights outside?' He didn't know, and we didn't think much of it."

Several others in the area said they never noticed the manhunt either. Valley said he thinks it is okay that officers kept things low-key.

"They did their job," Valley commented. "They caught the guy. We're all happy."

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