Police arrest suspect in attempted robbery, shooting

Akeem Hamilton. Source: Myrtle Beach Police Department.
Akeem Hamilton. Source: Myrtle Beach Police Department.

MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) – On Monday, the Myrtle Beach Police Department arrested a man identified as a suspect in an attempted robbery last Friday, and a burglary on January 5.

According to online police records, 27-year-old Akeem Maurice Hamilton was arrested Monday and has been charged with armed robbery and robbery while armed or allegedly armed. He has previously been identified as a suspect in two separate incidents.

Police responded to an apartment in the 400 block of 8th Avenue South on the early morning of Friday, January 31 to find a man shot in the leg, apparently during an attempted robbery.

Police arrived to find the a 51-year-old man bleeding from his leg from an apparent gunshot wound; he told police that two men came running up behind him with guns as he was entering his apartment.

Once inside the apartment, the men demanded the victim give them his money, the Myrtle Beach Police Department report states. The victim got into a struggle with one of the men, causing him to drop his gun.

The victim then fell to the ground, and the other suspect fired a shot that hit the victim's leg.

The suspects then fled the scene in a dark-colored SUV; the report states it may have been a green Yukon or Suburban.

After the scene was secure, a medic took the victim to a nearby hospital.

The suspects were described in the report as black males wearing all black with black face masks, slim builds, and short hair. One was about six feet tall, and the other was about 5-feet-6-inches tall.

Myrtle Beach Police identified Hamilton as a suspect; he is wanted for first-degree burglary, armed robbery and attempted murder in connection with this incident.

Police say he drives a dark, possible dark green, Ford Explorer with the SC tag IHB372. If located, police state that you should not approach him, and use caution, as he is a known gang member. Instead, contact Detective Michael Quinn at 918-1910.

Hamilton is also wanted in connection with another burglary that occurred on January 5. More information about that incident can be found here:

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