Horry County police report man wanted in armed robbery that ended in fatal Socastee crash has been seen in the area

troot@thesunnews.comMarch 13, 2014 

A man wanted on attempted murder and armed robbery charges in a December shooting and fatal crash in Socastee has been seen in Horry County, said police Lt. Robert Kegler.

Police said someone reported seeing Ronald Terrel Hamlet, 28, of Kingstree in Horry, Georgetown and Florence counties. Horry County police have had arrest warrants for Hamlet since a Dec. 17 shooting, robbery and fatal crash that killed Elvan Douglas, 35, of Socastee.

Anyone with information regarding Hamlet’s whereabouts is asked to call Horry County police at 915-TIPS.

Police charged Michael Scott Stevenson, 28, of High Point, N.C., with attempted murder and armed robbery on Jan. 22, and at the scene of the Dec. 17 incident officers arrested Jessy Larinda Bracey, 23, of Myrtle Beach, who faces the same charges as Stevenson and Hamlet.

Stevenson remains jailed on a $50,000 bond, while Bracey is being held on $70,000 bond, according to records at J. Reuben Long Detention Center.

Police took Bracey into custody at the scene of the Dec. 17 crash on Socastee Boulevard and said she was in a small white two-door vehicle with the two men.

Douglas died after he got into his truck to chase after the suspects following a shooting and robbery outside an apartment complex along Spring Creek Drive.

A 37-year-old man was shot in the arm and police later found him hiding in weeds near the complex, which is off Luttie Road, according to an Horry County police report.

A witness told officers he heard two gunshots, saw a vehicle parked near the dumpster and found the shooting victim moaning in the weeds.

The shooting victim told police he was at a townhouse playing “a friendly game of poker” and as he walked toward his vehicle, two men came up to him and started shooting at him, according to the report.

The victim was shot in the arm, and said he did not know the men who shot him.

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 the townhouse, walked outside and saw the two men wearing stocking caps and armed with guns approach him and the shooting victim.

The suspects ordered the men, a 27-year-old woman and a 43-year-old man to the ground and to empty their pockets, according to the report.

But the shooting victim tried to run away and that was when he was shot.

The suspects then drove away, and Douglas chased after them.

The vehicle crash happened near the Kangaroo convenience store at 4481 Socastee Blvd., shortly after the shooting.

Douglas died at the scene from multiple traumas he suffered in the crash, Horry County Deputy Coroner Darris Fowler said.

Stevenson does not have a prior criminal record or any arrests, according to a records check with the State Law Enforcement Division.

Hamlet was arrested in 2005 and 2013 as well as cited for speeding and a seatbelt violation in June 2007, according to SLED records.

In October 2005, Kingstree police charged Hamlet with first-degree criminal sexual conduct with a minor less than 11 years of age, according to SLED records. Hamlet was convicted of assault and battery of a high and aggravated nature in the incident and ordered to serve two years on probation and pay a $200 fine.

The Clarendon County Sheriff’s Office arrested Hamlet in February 2013 on a charge of third-degree assault and battery, according to records. He was ordered to pay a fine or serve jail time in May for the charge.

Contact TONYA ROOT at 444-1723.

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