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Two men arrested after allegedly kidnapping homeless man, setting fire to campsite

Jimmy Shepard Autry (Source: J. Reuben Long Detention Center) Jimmy Shepard Autry (Source: J. Reuben Long Detention Center)
Timothy Andrew Matthew Sutherland (Source: J. Reuben Long Detention Center) Timothy Andrew Matthew Sutherland (Source: J. Reuben Long Detention Center)

NORTH MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) – Two men were arrested on Wednesday after allegedly kidnapping and robbing a homeless man at knife point and setting a homeless campsite on fire in North Myrtle Beach on October 30, according to police reports from the North Myrtle Beach Police Department.

Jimmy Shepard Autry, age 31, of Conway, and Timothy Andrew Matthew Sutherland, age 19, of Tabor City, are charged with third degree assault and battery, kidnapping and armed robbery while armed with a deadly weapon, according to the J. Reuben Long Detention Center website.

Officers were dispatched around 4 p.m. on October 30 to Wal-Mart in reference to an armed robbery that occurred at the Our Lady Star of the Sea Catholic Church. The victim told the officers he went to get cigarettes when the suspects pulled up and forced him into their silver Chevrolet Suburban at knife point.

The suspects asked the victim if he knew where a certain person was at because they wanted to speak with the person because they claimed the person sexually assaulted a female friend of theirs.

The police report states the victim then got into the suspects’ SUV against his will after the suspects got upset after the homeless group could not provide the person’s location when questioned by the suspects.

The suspects then drove to several homeless camp locations to try and find the person. At a camp off North Myrtle Point Drive, the police reports states that the suspects, holding the victim at knife point, made the victim take off his shirt and throw it in a pile with the tent and other belongings at the camp that they set on fire. There was no one at the campsite.

The suspects dropped the victim back off at the church.

Later, the suspects caught up with the victim near Home Depot and demanded the victim hand over all his belongings including his phone, $2, a flashlight, a can of dip (tobacco) and an ID.

The victim met up with other people at Wal-Mart where he called the police.

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