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Neighbors recall violent Little River crime spree

Melvin Johnson. Source J. Reuben Long Detention Center Melvin Johnson. Source J. Reuben Long Detention Center

LITTLE RIVER, SC (WMBF) - Police took a Little River man into custody Monday morning after a violent crime spree in which he allegedly shot his mother, broke into two homes, and bit and punched at least five people, according to witnesses. Police and neighbors say the man was on drugs at the time.

"I heard a pounding at the door," said Kandice Kuhn. "When I got to the other room, the guy was strangling my mom."

Horry County Police responded to the 3700 block of Woodridge Circle in Little River Monday morning to find a neighbor apparently being chased by 25-year-old Melvin Cordaro Johnson, who then advanced on the officer in an aggressive fashion, according to the police report. The officer used his taser on Johnson, who fell to ground and was handcuffed.

More officers arrived at the scene, and learned that Johnson first shot his 47-year-old mother in the head at their home on Woodridge Circle. He then busted into the home of a neighbor and started assaulting a 65-year-old woman, a 45-year-old woman, and a 19-year-old woman, according to the police report and neighbors.

"We had no idea at this time the guy had already sot his mother in the head," said Stacie Harm, whose husband ran out to try and talk Johnson down. "Then we found out what he did to Mrs. Garcia."

Johnson then broke into another home, where he assaulted a 72-year-old man and a 72-year-old woman.

A woman intervened, and Johnson ran back out onto the street, where he began chasing a 32-year-old man. That's when police arrived and handcuffed Johnson.

Johnson's mother and three other victims were transported to a nearby hospital. Johnson was taken to another hospital and remains in police custody. Charges against Johnson are pending.

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