Two Myrtle Beach men, Garden City Beach woman charged in home invasion

troot@thesunnews.comFebruary 5, 2013 

Two Myrtle Beach men and a Garden City Beach woman were charged in connection with a home invasion that occurred during the weekend in the Myrtle Beach area, according to an Horry County police report.

Christopher Ryan Bell, 27, and Kenneth Jordan Bell, 21, both of Myrtle Beach were each charged with kidnapping, first-degree burglary, unlawful carrying of a pistol and possession of a weapon during the commission of a violent crime, according to records at J. Reuben Long Detention Center.

Christopher Bell also was charged with first-offense simple possession of marijuana and was released on $75,620 bail on Monday, according to jail records. Kenneth Bell remains jailed on $75,000 bond.

Also charged during the incident was Toni Ann Pasquale, 26, of Garden City Beach with accessory before the fact of a felony and petty larceny under $2,000, according to authorities. She was released Sunday on $15,500 bail.

The trio were booked into the jail late Saturday after Horry County police were called at 2 p.m. that day to an apartment at 8566 Hopkins Circle in the Myrtle Beach area for a home invasion, according to a police report.

Two 24-year-old men and a 23-year-old man were inside the apartment when the younger man told police he received a text message from a woman, “who he thought was one of his friends,” asking if he wanted to go eat with her, according to the report. The younger victim told police the woman said she was on her way, so he cracked open the front door and spoke to her on the phone about directions to his apartment.

The victim said two men with masks covering their face and one armed with a gun and the other with a tire iron pushed open the door and demanded valuables, according to the report. One of the 24-year-old men was on the couch holding his laptop and the armed suspect held the gun on him while the suspect with the tire iron followed the younger man into his room.

The third victim told police he was in his room, heard the commotion and saw the masked armed men, so he locked his bedroom door and called police, according to the report. The younger victim told police he recognized the voice of one robber and called him out, so the suspect took off the mask and demanded the victim’s valuables.

Police arrived at the apartment complex as the suspects exited to a vehicle in the parking lot where Pasquale waited, according to the report. Officers took the suspects into custody and found the following on the men and from the vehicle: a gun; bullets; knife; two sets of scales; tire iron; latex gloves; a pistol case; two cellphones; a laptop; computer case and cord; a camcorder; two pairs of sunglasses; a glass pipe; two pairs of shoes; and a container of marijuana.

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