Man arrested in December shooting, crash in Socastee

akelley@thesunnews.comJanuary 23, 2014 

A man wanted in connection with a shooting that occurred before a fatal car crash last month was arrested Wednesday, Horry County police said.

Michael Scott Stevenson, 27, of High Point, N.C. is charged with armed robbery and attempted murder.

Police are still looking for Robald Terrel Hamlet, 28, of High Point, N.C. in connection with the shooting and crash that killed Elvan Douglas, 35, of Socastee. Douglas died of multiple trauma from the crash, said Horry County Deputy Coroner Darris Fowler.

Jessy Larinda Bracey, 23, of Myrtle Beach was taken into custody at the scene of the deadly intentional crash Dec. 18 and taken to a local hospital to be examined, Horry County police Lt. Robert Kegler said.

Bracey was later booked into J. Reuben Long Detention Center on charges of armed robbery and attempted murder.

A series of events occurred before Douglas was killed in the crash, which police said was intentional.

A 37-year-old man was shot in the arm and officers found him hiding in some weeds along Spring Creek Drive, off Luttie Road, according to an Horry County police report. A 52-year-old man told officers he heard two gunshots about 5:15 a.m. Tuesday and saw a vehicle parked near the dumpster.

The unharmed man told officers he walked over to the car and heard the gunshot victim moaning in the weeds, the report said. The shooting victim told police he was at a townhouse there playing “a friendly game of poker” and when he was walking back to his vehicle two men came up to him and started shooting at him.

The victim was shot in the arm, but he did not know the men who shot him, police said. In a second Horry County police report, an officer met a 49-year-old man, who emergency responders thought was having a heart attack, outside the townhouse complex. That victim said he was at a townhouse on Spring Creek Drive and walked outside when two men wearing stocking caps and armed with guns walked up.

That victim said the armed men ordered him, a 27-year-old woman and 43-year-old man to the ground and to empty their pockets, according to the report. The 49-year-old man said the 37-year-old shooting victim tried to run away, but the suspects shot him in the arm.

The suspects then drove away in a small white two-door car.

The 49-year-old man said Douglas, who died in the crash, got into his truck and chased after the suspects onto Socastee Boulevard, where the crash occurred, according to the report. The 49-year-old man was taken to the hospital by EMS to be checked out.

The vehicle crash happened near the Kangaroo convenience store at 4481 Socastee Blvd. Douglas was pronounced dead at the scene and officers took Bracey into custody there.

Socastee Boulevard between Manor Circle and the north entrance of Brandymill subdivision was closed for about six hours while Horry County police and Highway Patrol troopers reconstructed the crash, Kegler said. The road was reopened by 11:45 a.m. Tuesday.

Police searched the area for Hamlet and Stevenson, but did not find them following the crash.

The crash also knocked out power to 1,258 customers of Horry Electric Cooperative who live along Socastee Boulevard from U.S. 17 Bypass to Dick Pond Road, to the Intracoastal Waterway to Palmetto Pointe Boulevard, according to the cooperative’s website. Crews had restored the power by 6:30 a.m. Tuesday.

Anyone with information regarding the whereabouts of Hamlet are asked to call the Horry County Police Department at 915-TIPS.

Contact AMANDA KELLEY at 626-0381, or follow her at Twitter.com/TSN_akelley.

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