HORRY COUNTY, SC (WMBF) Horry County Police have arrested three men who officers say broke into a home in the Conway area and stole a gun Tuesday afternoon.
Sgt. Robert Kegler, spokesman for the Horry County Police Department, said the trio reportedly broke into a home in the 900 block of Cox Ferry Road around 2 p.m. while a resident of the house was home.
According to Kegler, the homeowner tried to fight back with a bat, but the three suspects were able to flee with a gun they stole from the home.
Matthew Hiers said he was in the house when the three men broke in, and waited for the men to come up the stairs before he started hitting one of them with the baseball bat, at which point all three suspects fled the residence.
"I just came around and started swinging," Matthew Hiers said.
Hiers father, Daniel, said the suspects were able to steal an unloaded target pistol, but that he was proud of his son for fighting back against the intruders.
"He did exactly what I've always taught him to do," Daniel said. "I owe him everything."
Officers later located a vehicle matching the description given of the one the suspects were driving and arrested Reginald Washington, 20, Antonius Porter, 18, and Daniel Nguyen, 20 in the parking lot of a restaurant near Highway 544.
Kegler said the victim's accurate description of the suspects and their vehicle aided police in catching the suspects.
"The key to being able to solve this so quickly was the victim himself," Kegler said. "he was able to give a very good description of all of that and as a result we were able to find the vehicle quickly."
Matthew Hiers said he credits the speed with which police relayed his descriptions.
"I didn't think dispatch could tell the police that fast what I was saying," Hiers said. "I actually think they did a really good job."
All three of the suspects are currently being held at the J. Reuben Long detention Center in Conway and face a number of counts including burglary and weapons charges.