MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) – A judge denied a bond reduction Tuesday afternoon for one of three suspects who police say committed several armed robberies in December.
Mazar Nathaniel Sturdivant, 17, is charged with three counts of armed robbery and possession of a firearm during the commission of a violent crime.
Dlanor Phillip Tilton and Shamaray Rockel Holmes were also arrested in a charged.
One of the victims in the case, Matthew Beckoff, was in the courtroom when the judge made the decision. He explained why he felt he needed to come forward.
“It’s either fight or flight in life. I thought for the safety of my family that lives down here, I have to do something. I have to come forward and I have to tell my story,” Beckoff said.
An investigation by Myrtle Beach police found that the three used a dating app to set up the robberies.
Sturdivant’s bond remains at $80,000.