Myrtle Beach man indicted in store clerk robbery, sexual assault

troot@thesunnews.comJuly 10, 2013 

— An Horry County grand jury indicted a 30-year-old man in connection with the sexual assault of a convenience store clerk during a robbery, according to court records released Tuesday.

Bernardo Joseph Evans, 30, of Myrtle Beach was indicted on charges of first-degree criminal sexual conduct, armed robbery and kidnapping, according to the indictments.

Evans is free on bond on home detention, according to officials at J. Reuben Long Detention Center.

Horry County police arrested Evans on March 20 after they were called about 4:30 a.m. March 16 to the Scotchman on Lake Arrowhead Road where the clerk told officers that a man came into the store, got a beverage and went into the restroom.

The clerk told police that the man came out and said there was an issue with the plumbing in the bathroom of the store, Horry County police Lt. Robert Kegler said at the time of Evans arrest. The clerk followed the man to the bathroom and the man pushed the clerk inside, pulled out a taser and held it on the clerk.

The man forced the clerk to perform sexual acts on him in the bathroom before the man took money from the register and left the store, Kegler said. Police released a surveillance photo of the man entering the store on the morning of March 20 and by midafternoon, Kegler said Evans had contacted Horry County police and arranged to turn himself in.

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