MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) – The parents of a suspect who allegedly stole a purse from a 72-year-old woman at gunpoint last week were arrested Sunday and accused of interfering with the police investigation.
James Austin Simpson and Danite Roshelle Tidwell were arrested by Myrtle Beach Police Sunday and booked into the Horry County Detention Center on Monday, according to online records.
The police report alleges that Simpson and Tidwell lied about the whereabouts of their son, who is charged with armed robbery for an incident on November 21. According to the report for that incident, a man pointed a gun at a 72-year-old woman at her home, grabbed her purse, and fled from the scene located on 21st Avenue South.
The victim told police that she was taking groceries out of her car and taking them into her home. When she came back out to grab more items, a man came around the corner and told her to "freeze" as he pointed his gun at her.
The suspect then ran into the garage and grabbed her pocket book off of the stairs, and took off south bound on Yaupon Drive, according to the report.
Simpson and Tidwell were advised that their son was a wanted suspect in this incident, and were told to notify police if any contact was made with him. Officers received a copy of cell phone records which showed that both Simpson's and Tidwell's phone numbers on the suspect's cell phone records after officers told them about his wanted status, the report states.
Simpson was charged with resisting arrest, interference with official in the performance of duty, giving false names and address, and obstruction justice. Tidwell was charged with obstructing justice and resisting arrest. Both remained in custody at Horry County Detention Center as of Tuesday morning.