MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) Police officers in Myrtle Beach, with assistance from the US Marshals Fugitive Task Force, have arrested a man in connection with a robbery reportedly committed on the beach.
Captain David Knipes, spokesman for the Myrtle Beach Police Department, tells WMBF News that 19-year-old Jeffery Neal Harris was arrested on Wednesday and charged with armed robbery, kidnapping, unlawful carrying of a pistol, receiving stolen goods, trespassing and loitering.
Police believe Harris was on the beach writing gang symbols in the sand when the juvenile victim approached him. The victim told police in the incident report that Harris was surprised and jumped, but then began acting friendly to him and thought he looked familiar.
After talking about his childhood, Harris reportedly asked the victim if he wanted to smoke or drink, and they walked to a friend's home.
When they discovered that Harris' friend wasn't home, Harris and the victim walked down a dark walkway when he pulled out a black gun and asked the victim for everything he had.
The victim reported giving his iPod, cell phone and cash, valued at $520, to Harris.
The report continues to say that Harris asked the victim to walk toward the YMCA, then the beach and said if he hadn't left the neighborhood by 2 a.m., he and his friends would find the victim and shoot him.
Bond on the misdemeanor charges was set at $514. Bond has not been set on Harris' weapons or theft charges.