MYRTLE BEACH — A Longs man is facing charges in a robbery and shooting during an illegal drug purchase in the Freemont community, according to an Horry County police report.
Police charged Vincent Gerald Bellamy, 25, of Longs on Wednesday with armed robbery, attempted murder and possession of a weapon during the commission of a violent crime, according to jail records. Bellamy was being held at J. Reuben Long Detention Center.
Officers responded Oct. 11 to a home in Little River after a call from 21-year-old man and 19-year-old woman. The man gave officers two versions of the incident, according to police.
At first the man told officers he stopped in a parking lot along S.C. 905 near S.C. 9 so his girlfriend could search for her cellphone.
The victim said that two men came up to the car and pointed at gun at him, took $20 and then shot at the vehicle while he drove away, according to the report. But after being questioned by police, the man changed his story and said he went to a church parking lot on S.C. 905 to meet the alleged robbers to buy $20 worth of marijuana, according to the report. The victim said he sometimes buys marijuana from one of the men.
The victim said one of the men wears an ankle monitoring bracelet, but the report was not clear if it was Bellamy or the other unnamed suspect. The victim said the men pointed a gun at him, took the $20 bill and then shot at the vehicle as he drove away.
The woman confirmed what happened to police. Officers photographed bullet holes in the victim’s vehicle. No one was hurt during the incident.
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