MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) – Five suspects have been charged for their alleged involvement in the home invasion and robbery of a middle-aged woman in Longs in September.
That woman was in bed asleep on the night of Sept. 4 when she heard a loud noise she assumed was her granddaughter, but later told police was three men breaking into her home. The police report says the men dragged her out of her bed and into the living room to tie her up.
After 20 minutes of ransacking the home in the search for money, the men left. When the woman was found, a friend untied her and they went to a nearby gas station to call the police.
She could not give a good description of the men, but a witness gave a description of the blue custom van they were driving.
One of the men was later identified as 24-year-old Korey Moli Kawika Kai of Myrtle Beach. He has been charged with burglary, kidnapping and possession of a weapon during a violent crime. His bond was set at $120,000.
An additional four suspects have been identified and arrested for their alleged roles in the home invasion and burglary.
Shannon Devante Cooper, 21, and Carl Estil Thomas, 21, were taken into custody by the U.S. Marshals Task Force on October 7, and each were charged with first-degree burglary and kidnapping. Cooper was also charged with possession of a weapon during a violent crime and parole violation.
According to their arrest report, while on an unrelated operation, parole agents noticed the men were in possession of property resembling that which was stolen during the robbery. In addition, a witness identified them as principles in the crime.
The report also states that Thomas and Kai conspired with the other defendants to rob and shoot an occupant at the home. When that person was not there, they continued to rob the home and assaulted the woman who was asleep.
Kyla Toni Saitta, 18, has been charged with kidnapping and first-degree burglary. She was identified by another resident as an ex-girlfriend. Paige Marie Martin, 18, was also charged with kidnapping and first-degree burglary. Both women were taken into custody by the U.S. Marshals Task Force, according to the Horry County Police arrest report.