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Two Sumter women involved in shoplifting, police chase allegedly hit NMB Walmart on same morning

Top: Laquandra D. Borden   Bottom: Chasity S. Stokes (Source: HCDC) Top: Laquandra D. Borden Bottom: Chasity S. Stokes (Source: HCDC)
Laquandra D. Borden (Source: HCPD) Laquandra D. Borden (Source: HCPD)
Chasity S. Stokes (Source: HCDC) Chasity S. Stokes (Source: HCDC)
The scene at 37th Avenue North and Kings Highway. The scene at 37th Avenue North and Kings Highway.

HORRY COUNTY, SC (WMBF) – A woman who was stopped by police for allegedly shoplifting at the Walmart near Surfside Beach was shot after dragging an Horry County Police officer with her car, according to officials. She then led police on a chase through Myrtle Beach before stopping at Kings Highway and 37th Avenue North. 

The two suspects taken into custody on Tuesday have been booked at the Horry County Detention Center, according to Lt. Raul Denis of the Horry County Police Department.

Laquandra D. Borden, age 25, of Sumter is charged with hit and run (duties of driver involved in accident resulting in damage to attended vehicles), shoplifting/enhancement for third or subsequent offense value between $1,000 - $5,000, criminal conspiracy (common law conspiracy defined), assault of  a high and aggravated nature and first degree assault and battery, according to the J. Reuben Long Detention Center website.

Chasity S. Stokes, age 36, of Sumter, is charged with shoplifting and is being held pending further charges associated with Tuesday’s incident.

According to the arrest warrants, Stokes and Borden shoplifted several items valued at over $2,000, including electronics, clothing, and other items, by placing them in a plastic tub in a shopping cart and moving them out of Walmart through the garden exit.

According to Myrtle Beach Police Department's P2C site, Laquandra Borden was booked by the Myrtle Beach Police Department on Monday, November 16 at 6:23 a.m. for breach of trust.

The MBPD police report states Borden sold items stolen from Walmart to Steve’s Pawn Shop in Myrtle Beach. The police seized the following stolen items: three Mophie juice pack chargers, two Braun 5 Series razors, one Toshiba Canvio Connect II hard drive, six Linksys Max-Stream routers, three Mach 3 Turbo razors, one Quicken Home/Business for Windows, one Crest 3D White Strips, one Asus wireless router and one Brother Serge sewing machine.

Incident reports from Conway Police show that Borden is alleged to be involved in shoplifting at the Walmart Conway on three separate occasions, on August 8, September 4, and September 9. In those instances there was an unknown second woman and in two occurrences a male named Donald Gerorald Prince Jr. In each instance the method was the same: a plastic container was used to place items in and then they walked out. 

The bond hearing for Borden and Stokes took place at 3 p.m. Thursday afternoon. Borden’s bond was set at $40,000 and Stokes bond at $15,000; both women are required to wear a GPS monitor, according to the Horry County Magistrate Court Clerk’s Office at J. Reuben Long Detention Center. Borden and Stokes also have holds on them for additional charges from North Myrtle Beach Police and City of Conway Police departments. The warrants have not been served yet for those charges from those cities.

In North Myrtle Beach Police reports, Borden and Stokes also shoplifted from Walmart at 550 Highway 17 N. on August 5, 2015 and on November 10, 2015, the same morning that the shoplifting occurred at the Surfside Walmart on Highway 544 and police chase. The police reports states these incidents included the same method of shoplifting, large bins in shopping carts filled with electronics and other items.

At about 10:30 a.m., police responded to a report of shoplifting at the Walmart off Highway 544, according to Lt. Raul Denis. The officer confronted Borden, a woman from Sumter, and attempted to apprehend her. She managed to get in her car, put her car into drive, and attempt to drive away, dragging an officer with her. He was caught between her door and her as she sped away, Lt. Denis said. The arrest warrant states she struck the officer in the leg with the Jeep she was driving, and operating the vehicle "with reckless disregard for the life and safety of the officers while refusing to comply with repeated instructions to stop.."

Another officer then discharged his firearm, striking Borden in the arm, Lt. Denis stated in a news release. The suspect then drove off, ramming a police car in the process. She then continued to drive until spike strips were deployed, Lt. Denis believes, and her vehicle came to a stop near 37th Avenue North and Kings Highway.

Brett Thompson was inside the Walmart when the incident occurred. “There was a woman, it looked like she was in the lawn and garden section of Walmart here, and it looked like she had a Christmas tree. She was trying to get away and I heard what sounded like fireworks. I mean everyone in the store heard it and started coming outside,” Thompson said.

Chris Johnson witnessed part of the chase from his car, and said the suspect's jeep was on its rims for several blocks.

"It was something you normally see in the movies," Johnson said. "But, violence is everywhere, criminals are everywhere so there's no boundaries to what you're gonna see anymore."

A second female suspect (Stokes) was also taken into custody at the Walmart on Beaver Run Boulevard off Highway 544 for being an accomplice in the original shoplifting, according to Lt. Denis. After formal charges are filed, the suspects’ identities will be released.

Mobile users, tap here to view a slideshow of images from both scenes

Kings Highway was closed between 38th Avenue North and 36th Avenue North for several hours Tuesday while police conducted their investigation. It was reopened at about 2:30 p.m. Tuesday.            

The scene was right in front of St. Andrew's Catholic school. The school's principal, Debbie Wilfong, immediately put the school on lock-down to assure the safety of the more than 200 students.

"Which means that all of the children were removed into safe locations behind locked doors. We scanned the building we made sure nobody was left in bathrooms, no-one was outside all the children were safe," Wilfong said.                        

Two injured officers were treated and released from a local hospital, according to Lt. Denis. The suspect who was shot is in stable condition and is being held overnight at a local hospital for observation. She is in police custody and will be guarded until she is released. Formal charges will be filed against her upon her release.

Lt. Denis said he thinks the suspect who led police on the chase may be wanted by other agencies for other crimes, obtaining goods under false pretenses in Myrtle Beach and shoplifting in Conway.

The State Law Enforcement Division is investigating this incident. SLED conducts officer-involved shooting investigations at the request of the agency involved in the incident, which in this case is Horry County. SLED says interviews are being conducting and forensic evidence is being gathered to be analyzed. They do have dash cam and body cam video of the incident.

Lt. Denis says the officer involved, an eight-year veteran of the HCPD, has been placed on administrative leave with pay awaiting the findings of SLED’s investigation.

The information collected during SLED’s investigation will be summarized in a case file report and given to prosecutors in the 15th Circuit Solicitor’s Office.

No additional information regarding this case will be disclosed by SLED at this time, according to a news release from SLED.

The release from SLED also states that this incident was the 43rd officer-involved shooting in the state this year and the second this year involving an officer with the HCPD. In 2014, 42-officer-involved shooting incidents occurred in South Carolina, two of which involved HCPD officers.

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