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Tennessee man charged after leading police on chase in Myrtle Beach

Ricky Bender | Florence County Detention Center Ricky Bender | Florence County Detention Center
MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) –  A Tennessee man was arrested after leading Myrtle Beach police on a car chase Tuesday.

According to Myrtle Beach Police Department, Ricky Lee Bender Jr., 30, of Blountville, TN, was charged with two counts of failure to stop for a blue light, driving without a license, possession of stolen goods, reckless driving, possession of a stolen vehicle, first-degree assault and battery, and attempted armed robbery.

Officers responded to a reported armed robbery at 3 Palms Hotel in Myrtle Beach at around 3:30 p.m. Tuesday, said Crosby. 

The victim told police that he was walking on a street near the hotel when he was approached by Bender and another suspect. They asked him to come up to a hotel room where there was a party. When they arrived in front of the room, the other suspect took out a razor blade wrapped in duct tape and ordered the victim to empty his pockets. The victim then ran downstairs and had the front desk call police.

Officers spotted someone who matched the victim's description of the suspect and attempted to pull over the vehicle, said Crosby.

The driver fled from officers, police say. A short time later, the vehicle was stopped behind the old J. Edwards Restaurant on S. Kings Hwy and the driver of the vehicle was arrested, according to police. The victim was brought to this location to identify the suspect.

Police are still looking for the other suspect that was allegedly involved. He was described by the victim as a black male wearing a black beanie hat, a white t-shirt and black jeans.

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