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Suspect asked victim if he wanted to die after an attempted robbery

Left: Jermaine Raekuon Mcdowell Right: Leeterrius Jamal Priest (Source: MBPD) Left: Jermaine Raekuon Mcdowell Right: Leeterrius Jamal Priest (Source: MBPD)

MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) – A victim said that five men approached him and one of the unknown suspects asked if he had cash, and attempted to rob him in the area of 7th Avenue North and Chester Street Sunday morning, according to a report from the Myrtle Beach Police Department.

The victim told the suspect that he didn’t have any cash.

Jermaine Raekuon Mcdowell, 19, then attempted to take the victim’s pink and white HTC phone from his hand, the report states.

The victim said that he and Mcdowell went back and forth pulling on the phone, but the suspect was unable to get it.

After the struggle was over, the victim told the suspects that he was calling the police. Leeterrius Jamal Priest, 18, asked the victim if he wanted to die today, while patting his upper pocket area, according to the report.

The victim said that he believed he was being threatened with a weapon. He said that the five suspects then fled the area towards the Oasis Properties.

While speaking with the police, the victim and the officer saw five men walking nearby. He said that those were the men who attempted to rob him and made threats.

Mcdowell and Priest were arrested and transported to the Myrtle Beach Jail.

Mcdowell was also found with an orange pill bottle that contained THC, an active ingredient in marijuana.

Both suspects admitted to being in the area of the incident location, but gave different versions of the incident. Mcdowell later admitted that they came from North Carolina to party after their prom.

Mcdowell was charged with armed robbery and simple possession of marijuana.

Priest was charged with armed robbery.

The other suspects' names weren't listed on the report. 

The investigation is ongoing, according to the report.

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