Police roundup | Two in custody in North Myrtle Beach shooting

October 5, 2012 



Two shooting suspects in custody

A man wanted as a fugitive from justice was shot early Friday in North Myrtle Beach and two men are in police custody, according to authorities.

Police were called about 3:30 a.m. Friday to Little John’s Bar & Grill located at Sixth Avenue South and found a 38-year-old man, who had suffered a gunshot wound to his left forearm, said Pat Dowling, North Myrtle Beach city spokesman. The victim was taken to Grand Strand Regional Medical Center by EMS for treatment.

At the hospital police learned the victim gave a fake name and date of birth to police, and through an investigation officers learned he was a fugitive from justice, Dowling said. The victim is expected to face charges for being a fugitive.

Details about the victim and his charges were not immediately available.

At the location of the shooting, officers found a 27-year-old man, who had a .40-caliber handgun in his possession, and after speaking with officers on the phone, a 26-year-old man returned to the scene to talk to police, Dowling said.

Wayne Lloyd Duffus, 27, of Little River has been charged with attempted murder and two counts of discharging firearms into a dwelling, jail records show. Lorenzo Ricardo Samuels, 26, also of Little River, has been charged with possession of a weapon during a violent crime, attempted murder, and discharging firearms into a dwelling. Bail has been set at $45,000 for each man. Both were being held at North Myrtle Beach jail Friday night.

An investigation is ongoing.


Man accused of sex with minor

A Pawleys Island man has been charged with criminal sexual conduct with a minor after Georgetown County authorities searched his house and retrieved several electronic storage devices, according to a news statement released Friday from spokeswoman Carrie Cuthbertson.

The home of Rhett Haskell Tison, 43, of 167 Midway Drive in Pawleys Island, was searched on Tuesday by computer crimes investigators who retrieved the devices for forensic examination, Cuthbertson said.

An investigation continues as police explore whether there are more victims.

Anyone with information on this case can call the Georgetown County Sheriff’s Office at 546-5101.

Anonymous tips can also be sent by using Text-A-Tip. Dial 274637 from any text enabled cellphone, and text the word “GCSOTIP” followed by your message.


Boat fire cause under investigation

An engine fire aboard a 75-foot charter fishing boat in Little River did not cause any injuries to the 38 adults and two children on board Thursday evening, according to the U.S. Coast Guard.

The boat, which was about 11 miles off Little River, caught fire about 5:30 p.m. Thursday and the cause of the blaze is under investigation, according to authorities. The Coast Guard urges boaters to always carry the proper lifesaving and firefighting equipment for emergencies.


Man charged with giving fake name

Myrtle Beach police charged a Gaffney man with giving a false name after officers were called to Grand Strand Regional Medical Center for a sexual assault.

Darvin Hardin Jones, 49, was charged with giving a false name to police who were called to the hospital at 2 a.m. Thursday, police said.

A woman, whose age was not listed in the report, was at the hospital being treated for a sexual assault when police arrived, according to the report. A witness told police she left a room at the Bar Harbour, at 100 N. Ocean Blvd., for a walk and when she returned at 1:30 a.m. she found Jones on top of the victim.

The witness told officers that the victim told her she thought Jones was going to rape her, according to the report. The victim told police that she was sitting at a table in the room when Jones took her phone from her, threw it over the balcony into the pool and carried her to the bed.

The victim said Jones threw her on the bed and got on top of her, according to the report. She said he got off when she fought, but when she stood up he punched her in the face.

The victim said Jones threw her back on the bed, then the witness walked into the room, according to the report.

The victim had a large bruise and cut to her face.Police took Jones into custody and charged him after he gave a fake to officers on the scene.


Man accused of kicking officer on groin

A Maryland man was charged with kicking a police officer in the groin after officers found the man intoxicated and with an injured eye, according to an Horry County police report.

Brian Matthew Lea, 34, of Catonsville, Md., was charged with assault on a police officer while resisting arrest and is being held at the J. Reuben Long Detention Center pending a bail hearing, according to jail records.


Police investigate assault, armed robbery

A 53-year-old man told Myrtle Beach police he was assaulted and robbed by a man, who jumped out of a pickup truck near 67th Avenue North, according to a police report.

The victim told officers that he was hit in the head with a club and had his money stolenabout 2:30 a.m. Thursday, police said.

From staff reports

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