In a 911 call, the Carolina Forest residents that chased a black GMC Yukon out of their neighborhood openly wondered if the driver, suspected of attempted kidnapping, might lose control of the car.
“They’re going to end up flipping this thing,” Desiree Lyons told a dispatcher as the 2010 Yukon Denali sped through The Farm, a neighborhood near where the chase began.
Lyons is a neighbor that reported an attempted kidnapping to police on Monday night as she and others said that the Yukon pulled up to an address on Wacobee Drive in Plantation Lakes. The occupants, four unnamed teenage boys, allegedly shouted at children and told them to get into their car while masking their faces, according to a police report.
In the 911 call, obtained through a Freedom of Information request, Lyons said that the Yukon passengers had covered their faces with shirts.
Two boys, 10 and 11, ran to the nearest adult they could find after being confronted by the teens in the SUV, which led to a high-speed chase down Carolina Forest Boulevard, with Lyons and her husband in pursuit.
“We just thought they were men who just tried grabbing kids off the street,” Lyons told The Sun News. But the couple was surprised to find how young the driver and occupants were when Lyons’ husband confronted the teens at a BP gas station.
“These weren’t hoodlums, these were well-dressed kids that could have very well lived in this neighborhood,” she said.
Lyons relayed license plate information to a 911 dispatcher as she sat in her car at the gas station. The dispatcher said he would put out an alert on the vehicle in case it went into another jurisdiction.
“I don’t have any [officers] available to go to it right now,” he said.
An officer was assigned to the call 13 minutes after Lyons contacted authorities, at roughly 8:11 p.m. He didn’t arrive at the location of the incident until almost two hours later.
Police say no charges will be filed against the teens in relation to the incident, which the department later called a prank.
Krystal Dotson, a spokeswoman with Horry County police, said Friday she had no indication that the case would be reopened.
“The incident appears to be a misguided prank at this time by at least one of the occupants of the Yukon, and there is no danger to the public,” the Horry County Police Department said in a post on their Facebook page Thursday afternoon.
Scott Hixson, Chief Deputy Solicitor with the 15th Circuit Solicitor’s Office, said he couldn’t comment on the Carolina Forest case, but spoke to The Sun News about what the charge of kidnapping means in general terms.
“You have to show an unlawful intent,” he said. “You have to show it.”
He said the specific definition includes “unlawfully seizing or confining” a person, which can involve unlawful “inveigling,” which means to “seduce, entice, or decoy” a person away, and explained sometimes the “trickery” involved is the force used, but stated there must be a criminal intent behind those actions.