Four suspects flee following home invasion near Coastal Carolina University

akelley@thesunnews.com, troot@thesunnews.comOctober 4, 2013 

— Police are looking for four men who invaded a home near Coastal Carolina University Thursday afternoon, leaving one man injured inside and fleeing with various items.

On Friday, Horry County police Lt. Robert Kegler said a vehicle involved in the incident was recovered, but no arrests had been made.

“Detectives are making progress on identifying potential suspects,” Kegler said.

The incident that happened about 1:30 p.m. shocked some neighbors in the community that some said usually is calm.

Police said the four suspects went into the home without forcing their way inside, and while there the victim was assaulted – the method of assault was not given. Few other details were provided Thursday. Crime scene detectives were on scene for about two hours investigating. It was not clear what was taken from the home.

Homes on Quail Run are privately owned, said university spokeswoman Martha Hunn. The neighborhood is accessed through the campus, off University Boulevard close to S.C. 544 and faces the Gardens Residence Halls.

Hunn said the campus police issued a text alert to students around 1:50 p.m. telling students about the home invasion in Quail Creek Village, announcing that suspects were at large and cautioning to stay away from the area.

Haley Morris and Mariah Freese live next door to the home where the invasion and assault occurred.

Freese said she wasn’t home, but knew Morris was alone when she received the text alert about the incident close to their home so she called telling Morris to lock the door.

“It’s really scary,” Morris said. “We’re just thankful that nothing worse happened.”

Morris and Freese said they were told by the victims that the men were armed with guns and hammers.

The condition of the man taken to the hospital was not available.

The girls said they’ll think twice about locking their door, something they said they usually don’t do during the day when someone is home.

“Usually it’s safe,” Morris said. “We’re right by Coastal and we know everyone that lives here. It’s definitely making me more cautious.”

Coastal Carolina University said the suspects are believed to be driving in a green or brown SUV that was spotted on campus surveillance cameras.

Anyone with information about the incident or the suspects can call Horry County police at 915-5350.

Contact AMANDA KELLEY AT 626-0381 or TONYA ROOT at 444-1723.

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