Beating death suspects apprehended in Myrtle Beach

Crystal Harley Pardue, 26 (Source: Photo posted to the WMBF News Facebook page)
Crystal Harley Pardue, 26 (Source: Photo posted to the WMBF News Facebook page)
Anthony Isom (Source: MBPD)
Anthony Isom (Source: MBPD)
Crystal Pardue (Source: MBPD)
Crystal Pardue (Source: MBPD)

MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) A Myrtle Beach Police Officer on bike patrol just after midnight Monday morning spotted two suspects, believed to be wanted in the beating death of a man in Chester County.

According to a Myrtle Beach Police report obtained by WMBF News, the officer was in the area of Mr. Joe White and Ocean Boulevard around 12:24 a.m. when he observed two individuals matching the description of murder suspects wanted by Chester Police Department.

The officer called for back-up and the Myrtle Beach Police Department was able to arrest 23-year-old Anthony Obrain Isom, of Chester, and Crystal Harley Pardue, 26, of York.

Anthony Isom allegedly brutally beat 23-year-old Bradley McAteer of Chester, SC Friday night. McAteer died Saturday in a nearby hospital.

City of Chester Chief of Police Andre Williams said the male suspect is being charged with murder and the female is being charged with accessory after the fact. Williams said Pardue was at the scene of the crime Friday night although it's not believed she took part in beating McAteer.

"Further investigation with the victim's wife, we were informed he had an altercation with the suspect over some old money for narcotics. He profusely beat him, kicked him about the face," Chief Williams said.

Isom and Pardue held a wanted status in the NCIC (National Crime Information Center) and were transported to the MBPD jail without incident.

Chief Williams said he was happy with how quickly the Myrtle Beach Police Department was able to recognize the fugitives.

"Along with SLED and Myrtle Beach PD, along with my department, we worked in a coalition and as soon aw we called them, they responded very professional. And less than, I would say, less than 24 hours," Williams said.

The police report adds that Isom had a small baggy containing peach colored pills in his pocket. Police say there were 19 whole pills and numerous pieces of other pills, but because of the poor condition of the pills, no markings or numbers, authorities were unable to identify the substance and they were taken to evidence to be destroyed.

Williams traveled to Myrtle Beach to question Isom and Pardue Monday afternoon before they were extradited back to Chester to face charges.

Captain David Knipes, spokesman for Myrtle Beach Police, tells WMBF News that often fugitives come to the Grand Strand because they believe they can blend in with the tourists.

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