Man charged in home invasion after Horry County police use home detention monitoring to track him

troot@thesunnews.comMay 15, 2013 

MYRTLE BEACH Horry County police charged a 20-year-old Longs man in connection with a home invasion in the Little River community after officers tracked his movements using his electronic home detention monitor, according to a police report.

Desmond Earl Chestnut, 20, of Longs was booked into J. Reuben Detention Center at 1:52 p.m. Tuesday and charged with second-degree assault and battery, kidnapping, first-degree burglary, possession of firearms and ammunition and malicious injury to animals, personal property with a value between $2,000 to $10,000, according to jail records. Chestnut was being held at the detention center.

A 27-year-old man and 22-year-old woman told police they had purchased drugs from Chestnut in the past and said early Tuesday they received threatening text messages from Chestnut about stolen drugs, according to the report. An officer went to a home on Bayberry Drive and took a report concerning the threats.

Police returned to the same home around 1 p.m. Tuesday a reported home invasion.

At that time, the man told officers that Chestnut came to the home and climbed in through a window and pointed at gun at him and the woman, and demanded to know “where his stuff was,” according to the report. The man said he ran into the kitchen, called 911 and hid.

The woman said Chestnut grabbed her, threw her against the wall and smashed her hand with the door, according to the report. She said Chestnut ransacked a bedroom and then left.

A third man was inside his bedroom and told officers he heard the commotion and yelled he was calling police and the suspect threatened to shoot through the door, according to the report. That man never opened his bedroom door and said he plans to move.

The victims told officers that Chestnut has been on home detention, according to the report. Officers used home detention tracking information to confirm Chestnut left his home, went to the victim’s house and then returned to his home.

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