Myrtle Beach teen brothers charged in robberies, shootings

troot@thesunnews.comJanuary 22, 2014 

Kendrail Orlando Rankin

Two Myrtle Beach teen brothers were charged in connection with several shootings and armed robberies in the city, according to authorities.

On Tuesday, Kendrail Orlando Rankin, 18, was booked into the Myrtle Beach Jail on three counts of armed robbery, two counts of possession of a weapon during the commission of a violent crime and one count of attempted murder, according to jail records.

Rankin’s 16-year-old brother, who is charged as an adult, Fitzgerald Raysean McDuffie, also was arrested on charges of two counts of armed robbery, two counts of attempted murder and two counts of possession of a weapon during the commission of a violent crime, Myrtle Beach police Capt. David Knipes said.

Rankin is being held pending a bond hearing and McDuffie is being held with the S.C. Department of Juvenile Justice.

Rankin and McDuffie were each charged in connection with shootings that occurred this month in the city on Maple Street near Food Lion on U.S. 501, Knipes said.

In those incidents police said the following occurred:

A 30-year-old man told officers that about 8:15 p.m. Jan. 12 he and a 51-year-old man were walking through the woods to go home after leaving Food Lion at 1009 U.S. 501 and were approached by two men, police said. The suspects robbed the victims and shot the older victim in the leg when he tried to run away.

A 58-year-old man told police that at 3:20 p.m. Jan. 7 he was in his yard along Myrtle Street, when a man with a gun demanded money from him, police said. The victim said he refused, the suspect fired a gunshot into the ground and the victim threw his cash toward the gunman.

The victim said the suspect shot him in the leg after he refused to cooperate with the gunman.

Rankin also is charged in connection the robberies of two pizza delivery men in December in the city. In those incidents, a deliver driver for Hungry Howies went to Carolina Breeze Apartments at 100 Cedar St., at 10:45 p.m. Dec. 15 and was robbed at gunpoint.

Three days later at 3:20 a.m. Dec. 18, a 40-year-old pizza delivery driver for Pizza Shak told police he went to 311 Cedar St., and was robbed at gunpoint and shot at by the robber, police said.

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