The popping sounds of multiple gunshots led police to the scene of a reported shootout between an alleged robbery victim and his robbers in a car that was concealing 459 Xanax pills early Monday morning.
Myrtle Beach police officer Steven Rhew was driving along Mr. Joe White Avenue when he heard multiple gunshots coming from the area of Grey and White streets around 3:15 a.m., according to a police report. Rhew went to investigate.
After turning onto Acline Avenue, the officer encountered a silver Nissan “with heavy and fresh damage” traveling at a slow pace, according to the report. A juvenile passenger in the vehicle told police she had driven the car with 19-year-old Noah Octavius Dewell Barrett and two other men to a tattoo parlor in Socastee where the guys decided to commit an armed robbery, the report stated.
But as they fled the scene, the tattoo artist followed. The juvenile told police in the report that she drove to the area of White Street where the victim of the robbery struck their car, causing them to lose control, and then started firing shots at them. The girl told police the three guys in her car fired back and a shootout ensued before the man who had been chasing them left the scene.
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Police discovered two plastic bags containing 459 pills marked Xanax, a controlled prescription drug used to treat anxiety, in the rear pocket of the passenger seat during a search of Barrett’s vehicle, according to the report. Police say they also found a stolen handgun in the car.
Barrett was charged with possession with intent to distribute schedule IV narcotics, unlawful carrying of a pistol and possession of a stolen firearm. The juvenile was also charged with possession with intent to distribute narcotics.
The two other robbery suspects were not in the vehicle when officers arrived.