Myrtle Beach man charged in weekend home invasion

troot@thesunnews.comJuly 31, 2013 

— A Myrtle Beach man was charged in connection with an armed home invasion that occurred during the weekend in the city, according to authorities.

Jaquan Raheem Steele, 22, of Myrtle Beach was charged with two counts of armed robbery, two counts of kidnapping, first-degree burglary and possession of a weapon during the commission of a violent crime, according to an arrest report. Steele was taken into custody about 1:30 p.m. Tuesday in the area of 704 Third Ave. South.

Steele was being held at 6:30 a.m. Wednesday at the Myrtle Beach Jail pending a bond hearing.

Myrtle Beach police filed the charges against Steele in connection with two men, whose ages were not listed in the report, being robbed and a woman being sexually assaulted with a handgun about 2:45 a.m. Sunday when three men armed with guns rushed into their house.

According to a Myrtle Beach police report, officers responded to the 700 block of Third Avenue South at about 3:30 a.m. Sunday for a reported armed home invasion.

One of the three victims, who lived at the home, told police that shortly before 3 a.m. he heard a knock at his window, which he said usually meant one of his friends was outside and wanted to come in.

When we went to open the door, he said three men armed with handguns rushed inside, one putting a gun in his face, and demanded money and other items. The victim told police two of the men were wearing hats and bandanas that covered their faces.

The victim said one of the men dragged him by his neck to his bedroom where he, another man and a woman were forced to undress – the men down to their underwear. The burglars forced the woman to get completely naked and lay down on the bed and one of the burglars then put his gun into the woman’s vagina, police said.

The other burglars held guns to the men’s heads before two of burglars gathered musical equipment, including keyboards and microphones, and other items.

The victim who resides in the home said he was dragged by his neck to the porch before the burglar threw him to the ground and all three ran from the scene heading west on Third Avenue South.

The two male victims told police the woman left shortly after the incident and had not been located by the time the report was filed.

The incident is under investigation.

Staff writer Maya T. Prabhu contributed to this report.

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