MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) – An officer's intuition led to the arrest of two men connected to multiple armed robberies in downtown Myrtle Beach.
Law enforcement has to rely on many weapons, not just guns or handcuffs, but awareness and instinct. It can be the difference between their safety and the public's safety. In fact, gut instinct is what led Myrtle Beach police to get those two suspects off the streets and behind bars.
Captain David Knipes with the Myrtle Beach Police Department explained an alert officer patrolling downtown Myrtle Beach noticed a suspicious vehicle. Following his gut, he wrote down the license plate number.
"A short time later, an attempted armed robbery happened. They went back and ran that tag, which brought us to our first suspect," said Capt. Knipes.
That hunch led investigators to arrest 33-year-old Jamad Shaheed Harris from Conway.
"Through an investigation we were able to identify a second suspect," said Capt. Knipes.
That suspect is now identified as 27-year-old Destin Jerome Winborne of Myrtle Beach.
Police connected the men to a string of armed robberies. The first police report shows on April 1, a man was walking into an apartment complex off Pridgen Road when another man approached him, pointed a gun at him, and ripped his belongings from him.
The victim believes the men followed him from a gas station down the road.
Reports from April 3 show officers responded to a similar call at an apartment building on Chester Street. According to the reports, a woman heard a knock on the door and the two men forced their way into the room.
While carrying handguns, the report states one man forced the women into the kitchen while the other rifled through their belongings. They stole the women's cell phones, wallets, cash and a laptop.
Just moments later, police believe Harris and Winborne hit a motel on Ocean Blvd where they tackled a man in the parking lot and demanded his money.
Harris and Winborne remain behind bars.
Jamad Shaheed Harris is charged with five charges of both armed robbery and kidnapping, which both carry a $50,000 bond, and shoplifting, which is a$1,000 bond amount. Also with a $50,000 bond amount is his charges of burglary (2 charges) and an additional charge of common law robbery. Harris is also charged with five counts of possession of a weapon during a violent crime ($10,000 bond) and failure to appear ($469 bond).
Destin Jerome Winborne faces similar charges: five charges of kidnapping with a $20,000 bond, two charges of burglary with a $50,000 bond, common law robbery with a $15,000 bond, five charges of armed robbery with a $25,000 bond and five charges of possession of a weapon during a violent crime with a $5,000 bond.