Two Horry County men are facing attempted murder and armed robbery charges after a woman told police they robbed her and held a gun to her head before she took off and the gun erupted.
A 42-year-old woman told police she came to Gore Road in the Longs area Saturday afternoon “to pick up an acquaintance named Quazo” when she made a wrong turn and picked up two men, according to an incident report.
Nineteen-year-old Kendan Quashan Crawford got into the front seat and 21-year-old Devonte Lee McCrea hopped in the back, according to the report. The woman told police she noticed the directions Crawford gave her was heading them in the wrong way so she stopped on the roadside to ask why they were going that way.
That’s when Crawford told her they were going to rob her, the report states. “She said she was calling 911 and they got out of the car,” but not before Crawford allegedly grabbed the woman’s purse and put a gun to her forehead, demanding her cellphone, according to the report.
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As he grabbed the phone, she hit the gas and Crawford pulled the trigger, “causing the gun to discharge past her left ear,” the report states. The woman said that both men then fled down a trail in the woods, which leads to Arnette Lane, police noted in their write-up of the incident.
“One shell casing was located within the victim’s vehicle,” the report stated.
Horry County police used the GPS location of the woman’s cellphone that had pinged off a nearby tower to narrow down a search area for Crawford and McCrea.
“While holding the perimeter” of that area, officers say they observed the suspects in a small, blue sports utility vehicle. Police initiated a traffic stop, but the suspects “attempted to flee, crashing on Livingston Lane” where both Crawford and McCrea were taken into custody after a short foot pursuit, according to the report.
Crawford, of Longs, has been charged with armed robbery, attempted murder, failing to stop for blue lights, simple possession of marijuana and driving without a license. He is being held at the J. Reuben Long Detention Center under bonds totaling $127,852.50.
McCrea, of Conway, has been charged with armed robbery, possession of less than one gram of crack cocaine and attempted murder. He is being held at the J. Reuben Long Detention Center under bonds that total $127,000.