Myrtle Beach man charged with weapon violations, robbery at Elks Lodge

troot@thesunnews.comDecember 11, 2012 

— Police charged a 21-year-old man in two robberies that occurred in the city this month, according to police reports.

Marquel Anthony Stewart of Myrtle Beach is charged with attempted armed robbery, armed robbery, two counts of possession of a weapon during the commission of a violent crime and unlawful carrying of a pistol, according to arrest reports. Stewart was being held at the Myrtle Beach Jail pending a bail hearing.

The charges stemmed from incidents on Dec. 5 and Sunday, when Stewart was arrested, according to reports.

In the first incident at 6:20 p.m. Dec. 5, a 58-year-old man told police that he was leaving the back door of the Elk’s Lodge when a man robbed him at gunpoint, according to a police report.

The incident occurred at 607 27th Ave. N., and the victim said the suspect approached him, pointed a handgun at him and demanded his bag, police said. The victim gave the suspect his bag and the suspect took cash from it before he ran into a nearby wooded area, according to the report, which did not list any other details about the incident.

In the second incident, the victim, a 50-year-old man, told officers that about 6 p.m. Sunday he was walking when he heard someone run up behind him in the area of 70th Avenue North and Kings Highway, police said. The victim said a man pointed a handgun and demanded his money.

The victim said he turned and ran away from the suspect to a nearby home to get help, according to the report. The victim said he thought he heard the “gun being racked,” as he ran. The victim said he last saw the suspect running southbound.

About an hour later police, who were leaving the robbery incident, saw a man who fit the description of the suspect and stopped him, according to the report. The victim in the robbery identified Stewart as being the suspect who tried to rob him.

The officer, who saw and stopped the suspect, reported that he was leaving the robbery call when he saw a man crossing Kings Highway near 60th Avenue North and stopped that man, according to the report. Stewart was sweating, out of breath and acted nervous, the officer wrote in the report.

Stewart told police he had a gun on him and officers took it from his front pocket while they detained him, according to the report. Officers unloaded the gun and found a baggie of bullets in his pocket.

Contact TONYA ROOT at 444-1723.

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