A 61-year-old woman and 74-year-old man told Horry County police they were robbed at gunpoint Tuesday night in the Surfside Beach area.
Officers were dispatched to the scene about 9 p.m. where they met with the victims who reported they were approached by a man brandishing a handgun while they walked to their vehicle, parked near a bar off U.S. 17 Business, close to Walmart, according to a report.
The suspect demanded the woman’s purse and threatened to shoot her, the report states. She gave her purse to the suspect, who then pointed the gun at the man’s face and demanded his wallet.
The man didn’t hand over his wallet, and the woman said the suspect became more aggravated and demanding.
The man then gave the suspect his wallet, and he and the woman headed back toward the bar. As they walked back, the suspect who allegedly robbed them was joined by another man.
The suspect continued to threaten the victims as they walked away and stated: “I know where you live, and I will come to your house and kill you,” according to the report.
The pair made it safely back to the bar and called 911.
Horry County police and South Carolina Highway Patrol officers then arrived on scene and fanned out to search the area for suspects.
Bystanders reported they saw the suspects inside Walmart sitting on a shelf, but they were gone when authorities arrived, the report said.
Officials said they received information the suspects were seen walking toward Garden City Connector, at a nearby apartment complex where they believed they saw through a window someone who matched a description.
Officers said they knocked on the door and identified themselves as police. An underage boy matching the suspect’s description ran through the kitchen and reached into his jacket pocket, at which point police drew their guns, believing the suspect was armed, the report states.
Officers said they saw a large amount of cash in the jacket pocket of the boy. The boy’s parents were upset and at first demanded officers leave, but later gave permission for police to search the apartment for stolen items. Nothing was found, and no arrests made that night, according to the report.
Police reached out to Walmart employees to obtain surveillance footage of the suspects. Authorities said bar cameras didn’t pick up images of the incident.