Myrtle Beach Police make arrests related to armed robberies tied to networking app

Myrtle Beach police have arrested three people suspected of being involved in a string of robberies involving a social networking app.

Both Dlanor Phillip Tilton and Mazar Nathaniel Sturdivant are charged with three counts of Armed Robbery and possession of a Firearm During the Commission of a Violent Crime. Shamoray Rockel Holmes is charged with Armed Robbery. All three were in custody Monday night.

Police say the first incident occurred on Dec. 27 in the area of 6710 Wahoo Drive, the second occurred Dec. 28 in the area of 67th Ave North, and the third occurred on Dec. 29 in the area of 6509 Bryant St.

A Myrtle Beach Police Facebook post states victims used the social networking app Grindr to meet suspects who intended to rob them.

In one case, officers responded after reports of an armed robbery Saturday. The victim said he initially made contact with the suspect through the Grindr app, a report states. Police said the victim intended to pick the suspect up in the area of 65th Avenue North, and when he pulled into a driveway, one suspect approached from the garage, another from the bushes.

When the victim got out of the car, both suspects pulled out a gun and demanded money, the report states. The victim said he had no cash with him, police said.

One suspect allegedly grabbed the victim by the arm, and the suspect chased the man when he tried to run. Police said the suspect struck the victim above his ear. The victim was able to get away and call authorities for help.

Officers said the victim’s phone and wallet were stolen from his vehicle.