MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) - Four men are behind bars after an armed robbery and a police chase that started in Myrtle Beach and ended in North Myrtle Beach, police say.
It started at the Scotchman on Third Avenue South in Myrtle Beach. Police say two men with guns came in, pistol whipped the clerk in the head, and took off. A few minutes later, police received a call for shots fired at the Kangaroo gas station on South Kings Highway.
There was some type of shooting altercation in the parking lot, says MBPD Captain David Knipes; the suspects appeared to be spooked and took off. Witnesses gave police a car description, and police spotted the car around 16th Avenue South. They stopped momentarily but then took off, Knipes says.
Police chased the suspects for several blocks at a high rate of speed.
While pursuing suspects in high speed chases, police take many factors into consideration.
"You have to look at the weather, the time of day, the traffic. And, most importantly, the type of crime," explains Capt. David Knipes.
In this situation, the violent nature of the crime had police deeming a chase necessary. However, officers lost track of them around 29th Avenue North.
Eventually, Horry County Police caught up with them in North Myrtle Beach, Knipes says.
There, officers had to deploy stop sticks to blow out the suspects' tires. That led to a foot chase into the woods of the Sunset Harbour subdivision in North Myrtle Beach.
Bloodhounds were brought to search the scene, according to Sgt. Robert Kegler with the Horry County Police Department.
Sgt. Kegler explained one suspect was caught quickly. All four suspects were captured within an hour.
Police took into custody: Jeffrey Myers, a 20-year-old from Andrews, 19-year-old Willie Hannah from Andrews, 19-year-old Everette Langley from Andrews, and 19-year-old Taquiel Myers from the Racepath Community in Myrtle Beach.
All four are currently in J. Reuben Long Detention Center.
Jeffrey Myers is currently charged with entry on another's land for various purposes without permission, armed robbery and two counts of attempted murder. That trespassing charge comes with a $237.50 fine.
Taquiel Myers, Willie Hannah and Everette Langley are charged with armed robbery and two counts of attempted murder.
"Just because they're in jail, doesn't mean this is over. We are still investigating," says Knipes.
Capt. Knipes explains that only two of the men entered the gas station with their guns. However, all four of them fled the scene. So, officers are investigating which men played what part in the early morning crime.