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Report: Jail trainee handcuffs man he felt was going to drive drunk

Yonquraan Eric Brown (Source: P2C City of Myrtle Beach) Yonquraan Eric Brown (Source: P2C City of Myrtle Beach)

MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) – An employee of J. Reuben Long Detention Center was arrested Sunday morning after Myrtle Beach police discovered him detaining a man in a parking lot at Broadway at the Beach, according to a report from the Myrtle Beach Police Department.

Yonquraan Eric Brown, age 22, is charged with simple assault and kidnapping.

Brown told the officer he had the man in handcuffs because he felt he was going to drive drunk, and they were waiting for the man’s mother to arrive to pick him up, the report states. 

Brown told the officer he was a detention officer at J. Reuben Long Detention Center, but could not provide any credentials when he was asked to do so.

The officer took the man out of handcuffs and called EMS to the scene after seeing swelling above the victim’s left eye. The victim also had scrapes on both arms and his chin but denied medical treatment.

After speaking to the victim and Brown, the officer learned that Brown chased down the victim, who had told him he was intoxicated, after he asked for help locating his vehicle because the victim ran from him after he told him he was a detention officer. The victim told the police officer that he ran from Brown because he was nervous and could not understand why he could not produce any sort of badge or credentials, the report states.

Brown tackled the man to the ground, held him, and asked one of the people with him to run to his vehicle for a pair of handcuffs. After handcuffing the victim, Brown made arrangements for the victim’s mother to pick him up, but never attempted to call the police.

The report states that security cameras at Broadway at the Beach caught parts of the incident and showed Brown holding the victim on the ground around 2:51 a.m. and being held there until the officer came by at 3:08 a.m.

After contacting J. Reuben Long Detention Center, the officer learned Brown had been an employee for less than two weeks, had not attended the police academy and held no law enforcement related certifications.

J. Reuben Long Detention Center Director Tom Fox confirmed that Brown as hired on July 27, and was in the second week of the six-week pre-service training class. Brown's employment was terminated on August 10, Fox said. Fox added that the handcuffs Brown used to detain the victim were not issued by their department.

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