A J. Reuben Long Detention Center officer was arrested in connection with kidnapping and assault charges after he detained a man who he said was going to drive drunk at Broadway at the Beach, according to a police report.
Yonquraan Eric Brown, 22, whose hometown was not listed, is charged with kidnapping and third-degree assault and battery, according to jail records.
Myrtle Beach police on patrol at Celebrity Circle at Broadway at the Beach around 3 a.m. Sunday said they came across Brown holding a 24-year-old man in handcuffs, authorities said.
Police said Brown told them he was a J. Reuben Long Detention officer and had detained the victim because he was going to drive drunk.
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Brown said he was waiting for the victim’s mother to come and pick him up, police said.
Brown told police the victim had approached him in the parking lot and asked for help finding his car.
The victim told police Brown claimed to be some type of officer, but couldn’t show any type of badge or credentials. Brown then told the victim he couldn’t drive because he was drunk. The victim said he got nervous and ran, according to the incident report.
Brown chased the victim, tackled him and told someone with him to go grab his handcuffs for him, police said.
Brown handcuffed the victim and made arrangements for the victim’s mother to come and get him, authorities said.
Police said Brown never called them about the incident.
Officers on the scene contacted the J. Reuben Long Detention Center and were told that Brown has worked there for less than two weeks. Police were also told Brown has not attended an academy and does not hold a law enforcement-related certification, according to the report.
Police called EMS for the victim’s injuries and said the victim had scratches and scrapes and had swelling the size of a golf ball above his left eye.
Information on Brown’s employment status was unavailable Tuesday. Brown was released on a $1,092 bond Tuesday, acording to public index records.