MARLBORO COUNTY, SC (WMBF) - The Marlboro County Sheriff's Office has arrested three NC men in connection to an overnight home invasion and is hot on the trail of a fourth suspect.
The home invasion on Highway 385 outside Bennettsville was reported around 8:30 p.m. Monday night, according to Marlboro County Sheriff Fred Knight.
There was a single victim home alone when four male suspects broke in and held him at gunpoint, taking numerous firearms and electronics from his home.
Family members of the victim that noticed the unfamiliar car in the driveway disrupted the suspects' plan, forcing them to flee in different directions. Sheriff Knight adds that the suspects' getaway car would not start and that tried to use the victim's vehicle to jump star their own, but those family members blocked them in forcing the suspects to flee the scene on foot.
Investigators and bloodhound tracking teams responded to the scene to track the suspects, setting up a perimeter around the home just after 9 p.m. The Chesterfield County Sheriff's Office also responded with a tracking team and helicopter.
During the night, the tracking teams found evidence in the woods including money, shoes and clothes. SLED was called to assist around 3 a.m. with additional tracking teams. At daybreak the manhunt continued and two of the defendants were spotted near the state line in Gibson by a McColl police officer who quickly took one into custody. The second was caught a short time later by the SLED and MCSO tracking teams.
Sheriff Knight continues to say that just before 9 a.m., a third suspect was arrested at his Gibson home.
The Scotland County Sheriff's Office transported all three to the Scotland County Detention Center to face additional drug charges.
Those three suspects, 23-year-old Rakeem "Rock" Rashan Covington of Gibson, NC, 26-year-old Michael "Mike Mike" Anthony Thompson Jr of Maxton, NC, and James "Man" Anthony Thompson of Maxton, NC, are charged with first degree burglary, kidnapping, armed robbery, possession of a weapon during the commission of a violent crime, felon in possession and larceny,
The fourth suspect, 26-year-old King Edward Graham of Laurinburg, is expected to face those same charges upon his capture.
Graham is described to stand 5 feet 11 inches tall and weigh approximately 160 pounds. He is considered armed and dangerous and has been entered into the National Crime Information Center. Anyone with information concerning his whereabouts is asked to contact the Marlboro County sheriff's Office or your local authorities as soon as possible.
Sheriff Knight says, "This has been a very busy and stressful 17 hours and we are still going. It has been productive and we still have a lot of work to do. The McColl Police Dept, SC DNR, Scotland County Sheriff's Office, SLED and Chesterfield County Sheriff's Office made this possible. We used three tracking teams and two helicopters for 15 hours and tracked over 10 miles to catch these bad guys. I am proud of my deputies and investigators for their perseverance to continue under these conditions. We owe the victim this after the terror he had to endure."
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