Horry Co. Sheriff's Office says violent offender also wanted by US Marshals

Molina Leogragario. Source: Horry County Sheriff's Office.
Molina Leogragario. Source: Horry County Sheriff's Office.

HORRY COUNTY, SC (WMBF) -  Normally, WMBF News features suspects in the Horry County's Most Wanted series that the Sheriff's Office is searching for, but this week, we're looking for a man also wanted by U.S. Marshals.

The sheriff's office is calling on the U.S. Marshal's Service because investigators say the crimes 40-year-old Molina Leogragario is wanted for are really violent.

It all started back in May of 2007 with a case of criminal sexual conduct with a minor. Then, on New Year's Day, police say he violently beat up his ex-girlfriend and her boyfriend.

Seven years ago, police say he entered a 14-year-old girl's bedroom and sexually assaulted her. The police report states that he took off the girl's clothes while she was sleeping, bit her on her thighs, kissed and fondled her, and offered to buy her a computer if she didn't tell.

Leogragario was never arrested for that incident. He became one of more than 22,000 people in the system on the run in Horry County, but police believe he's back -- and authorities are enlisting help:

"The U.S. Marshals Task Force - we are able to use them because they have some tools that our warrants division would not normally have," said Sgt. Jeff Benton with HCSO.

On New Year's Day, a new police report names Leogragario as a suspect. Police believe he broke into his ex-girlfriend's home and went on a bloody rampage with some sort of cutting tool. He allegedly started punching and kicking the ex-girlfriend while she slept in bed with her boyfriend, who tried to fight back.  Both suffered several cuts to the head, face and body.

"He's committed a crime and this person should be considered a dangerous individual," Sgt. Benton said.

The U.S. Marshals say Leogragario does masonry work and last lived at an address off Socastee Boulevard. They say he often drives an older white Mustang that has a black top and chrome rims. They also suspect he's still in the area.

"He's been here as recently as less than a month ago and somebody in Horry County knows where he is," Sgt. Benton said.

If you know or have seen Molina Leogragario, contact the Horry County Sheriff's Office with your information, and remember: no tip is too small.

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