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Update: Police arrest Georgia teen connected to Conway Kangaroo Express armed robbery

Marlin Bateman (Source: HCPD) Marlin Bateman (Source: HCPD)

HORRY COUNTY, SC (WMBF) - Conway Police Officers responded to an armed robbery at the Kangaroo Express Sunday night at 1390 East Hwy 905 in the Conway area of Horry County.

Horry County Detectives have identified 17-year-old Marlin Bateman, of Forest Park, Georgia, as the robber of the Kangaroo Express store.  Warrants charging Marlin Bateman with armed robbery and possession of a weapon during a violent crime have been obtained.

Reports said that a 20-year-old clerk reported that a man entered the store and hung around suspiciously after ordering a cup of coffee and placing items on the counter and walking away for more items, then waiting for the other customers to exit.  

As the clerk was ringing up the purchases, the man pointed a gun at her and yelled at her for all the money. As the clerk was operating the register, he threatened to shoot her and attempted to shoot, however the gun malfunctioned and the victim saw smoke come out of the gun, according to police.

The robber is described as a black male in his late teens to early 20's, about 5'6 in tall and skinny, wearing blue jeans and a gray jacket with white writing on the side.

HCPD Detectives believe they have identified the robber and expect to have formal charges later Monday.

Anyone with information about the incident is asked to contact the HCPD Tip Line at 843-915-8477.

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