Bond set for man linked to suspicious Myrtle Beach fires

Phillip Homan (Source: Myrtle Beach Police)
Phillip Homan (Source: Myrtle Beach Police)

MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) - The investigation into a string of suspicious fires in the Myrtle Beach area has landed one man behind bars.

Phillip Michael Thomas Homan, 22, was arrested by Myrtle Beach Police on Dec. 10. He is charged with criminal sexual conduct with a minor, three counts of second degree burglary, four counts of arson and firebombing a public building.

He was set to have a bond hearing on Tuesday but ended up in the hospital instead. He will stand before a judge once he is released.

According to police reports, the arson and burglary charges stem from suspicious fires at the Holiday South on Nov. 16 and Nov. 22 and the arson reported at the Sportsman Hotel on Dec. 3. Both hotels were vacant.

At the first fire, a witness saw someone exit the hotel as smoke began emitting from the building. At the Sportsman Hotel fire, investigators found signs of forced entry.

Homan is also charged in connection to the fire outside Myrtle Beach City Hall on Dec. 3. A witness extinguished that fire, and saw two people in hooded sweatshirts leaving the area.

In interviews with police, Homan admitted to police that he set the fire at the Sportsman Hotel to distract them from the fire he intended to set at city hall. That fire Homan admits was intentionally set with a Molotov cocktail.

The fires at the Holiday South were caused after Homan admits he set fire to bed sheets.

Myrtle Beach Municipal Court Clerk's Office confirms Homan's bond was set at a total of $225,000 on the arson and firebombing charges. Bond was denied on his burglary and criminal sexual conduct charge.

SLED assisted Myrtle Beach Police in these fire investigations.

Homan's criminal sexual conduct charge stems from an incident in 2010 when he allegedly had sex with a preteen girl. He was 19-years-old at the time.

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