Home detention escapee has long rap sheet

Kashief Spain (Source: J. Reuben Long Detention Center)
Kashief Spain (Source: J. Reuben Long Detention Center)

HORRY COUNTY, SC (WMBF) After searching through public records in Horry County, WMBF News has learned the man accused of cutting off his home detention bracelet and fleeing Monday has a long criminal history.

According to the Horry County Fifteenth Judicial Circuit Public Index, 34-year-old Kashief Naheem Spain's record dates back to the 1990s, where he first appeared before Horry County judges in February of 1997.

On Feb. 7, 1997, Spain pled guilty to one count of strong arm robbery, one count of accessory before the fact of a felony and one count of receiving stolen goods.

He was sentenced to three years each on the robbery and accessory charges and three months for the stolen goods charge. Details surrounding his arrest for the charges were not immediately available.

Then, on Feb. 20, 1997, charges for non violent burglary, sale or delivery of a pistol and use of a vehicle without permission against Spain were dismissed. Court records did not indicate any details surrounding the dismissal.

Three years later, on May 22, 2000, court records indicate Spain pled guilty to one count of violent burglary and he was sentenced to 15 years to run concurrent.

On May 23, 2000, Spain pled guilty to three counts of violent burglary, four counts of grand larceny, one count of non violent burglary and one count of petit larceny.

He was then sentenced to 15 years to run concurrent on each burglary charge, 10 years to run concurrent for each grand larceny charge, 15 years to run concurrent for the non violent burglary charge and 30 days for the petit larceny charge. Details surrounding the incident or incidents have not been released by officials.

Detention center records do not show when Spain was released from custody after his sentences were handed down. It is also unknown at this time if Spain was supposed to serve the 15 years total after his sentences in 1997 were completed, or if they were also supposed to be served concurrent.

On Jan. 3, 2011, Spain was booked into the J. Reuben Long Detention Center on charges of simple possession of marijuana, trespassing and purchase of a controlled substance near a school. He was released on bond on Jan. 6.

That case is still pending in Horry County courts.

On March 9, Spain was booked into the J. Reuben Long Detention Center on charges of driving under suspension, duties of the driver striking fixtures upon or adjacent to highway, crossing the median, drug charges,  failure to stop for a blue light, reckless driving and operation of an unsafe vehicle.

WMBF News obtained a police report from the Myrtle Beach Police department in regards to that incident. According to that report, an officer attempted to conduct a traffic stop on a vehicle allegedly driven by Spain near Highway 17 from 79th Avenue North. The officer said Spain originally appeared to stop in a median, however, he then accelerated and fled from police.

That officer did not attempt to chase Spain, and instead traveled in the same direction to see if Spain had caused any collisions. The report stated the officer then observed Spain's vehicle cross into northbound traffic before striking a traffic sign near 67th Avenue North.

Spain had fled the scene on foot, however, he was later found by other officers. According to the report, cocaine was found inside the vehicle totaling over six grams.

He was released on bond six hours after he was booked, according to the J. Reuben Long Detention Center.

That case is also pending in Horry County courts.

Finally, on Nov. 14, Spain was again arrested by officers with Horry County's Drug Enforcement Unit after attempting to flee from South Carolina Highway Patrol troopers along Highway 31.

It was later determined that a gun found in Spain's possession was the gun belonging to former North Myrtle Beach Public Safety Director William Bailey, who had been fired following the theft of the gun.

It remains unknown at this time how Spain gained possession of the weapon as investigators have not divulged that information to WMBF News.

Spain has been charged with sale or delivery of a pistol to, and possession by, certain persons unlawful, possession of firearms and ammunition, drug charges, driving under suspension and failure to stop for a blue light in connection to that incident.

Spain's surety bond was set at $45,000 for the Nov. 14 incident, on the condition he would be placed on home detention.

Officials at the J. Reuben Long Detention Center told WMBF News Spain bonded out on Nov. 16 and was placed on home detention. Joey Johnson with the J. Reuben Long Detention Center said those on home detention are still considered incarcerated.

Monday, detention center officials announced Spain had cut off his home detention bracelet and fled. The bracelet was found near Highway 31 and Highway 9.

Anyone with information as to Spain's whereabouts is asked to contact their local law enforcement agency as soon as possible. Spain should be considered dangerous.

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