U.S. Marshals aid in 3 Grand Strand arrests of wanted fugitives

MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) Operation Intercept, the U.S. Marshal led fugitive task force in South Carolina, has aided in the recent arrest of three fugitives in Myrtle Beach and Garden City.

Michael Hickman, who is charged by the Darlington County Sheriff's Office with robbery and kidnapping, was arrested while walking across a Wal-Mart parking lot in Garden City.

According to DCSO, Hickman stole a vehicle from a female victim in Hartsville on March 16. He then reportedly broke into the home of an elderly female, choked her, and stole her Ford Windstar minivan the following day.

At the time of Hickman's arrest, the minivan was recovered and the suspect gave officers the location of the stolen vehicle from the March 16 robbery.

In an unrelated crime, Kareem Vereen and Christopher Bellamy, who are charged by the Horry County Police Department with murder in separate instances, were found at the same residence off of Collins Street in Myrtle Beach.

Bellamy complied with officers during his apprehension; however, Vereen was found hiding in a shower in the back of the residence.

Kelvin Washington, the U.S. Marshal for South Carolina, says local officers from the Darlington County Sheriff's Office, Myrtle Beach Police Department, and Horry County Police Department aided the U.S. Marshals in locating all three of these fugitives.

"I would like to thank those agencies involved in that partnership and bringing a safer tomorrow to the citizens of South Carolina," states Washington.

"The cooperative effort and diligence of law enforcement in the Florence and Myrtle Beach areas is instrumental to the success police have experienced in catching those accused of serious, violent crimes," he adds.

The links above offer detailed information on each of these suspects and the crimes in which they are accused.

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