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More charges filed against Ohio fugitive in July robbery, carjacking

A 30-year-old Ohio man faces six more charges in connection with a series of drugstore robberies and a carjacking in July, according to court records.

An Horry County grand jury indicted Robert Michael Barnes of Boardman, Ohio, on charges of armed robbery, kidnapping, two counts of first-degree assault and battery, grand larceny with a value of more than $10,000 and receiving stolen goods with a value of more than $10,000, according to indictments released Tuesday.

Barnes was indicted in August on charges of failure to stop for a blue light and possession of a stolen vehicle.

Barnes remains jailed at J. Reuben Long Detention Center on $83,500 bond, according to jail records. He faces charges in Boardman on two counts of aggravated robbery, two counts of kidnapping, and two counts of auto theft, according to Boardman police officials.

The indictments stem from July 26 when police said about 11 a.m. Barnes carjacked a woman in North Myrtle Beach before he robbed a CVS in Myrtle Beach and eluded police in a wooded area off International Drive for several hours.

A woman told police she was at the gas pump at the Tiger Mart on Second Avenue North and U.S. 17 in North Myrtle Beach when a man, who pulled up in a van, engaged her in conversation. After she finished pumping gas and got back inside her car, the man came over, yanked her out and took her car, police said.

The thief left the van at the gas station and police later learned it had been reported stolen from Ohio.

Later that day, police said Barnes entered the CVS pharmacy at 38th Avenue North and U.S. 17 Bypass in Myrtle Beach, removed scissors from a box and held them against the neck of a 24-year-old woman while he demanded bottles of OxyContin.

It was the woman's first day at work, and she told police she initially thought the incident was a joke, according to the report.

The employee said she didn't know where the drugs were kept and the man pulled her to the prescription aisles and began a countdown for the pills.

Another employee gave him two bottles of OxyContin and he asked her where the needles were kept, according to the report.

The woman pointed to the shelf and the assailant took some before he pulled the hostage with him toward the front door.

During the incident, he yelled at customers that they should "not be a hero" before he released the hostage at the door and ran to the vehicle that had been stolen during the earlier carjacking in North Myrtle Beach.

An Horry County police officer tried to stop the 2011 Toyota Avalon for speeding along Robert Grissom Parkway in Myrtle Beach. The driver would not pull over, and officers learned it was the vehicle reported stolen and seen at the CVS robbery.

The car continued onto International Drive but the pursuit was called off for safety reasons, according to police.

The Avalon was later found off International Drive near Ocean Bay Preserve, but the driver had fled into the woods.

Horry County police used bloodhounds to search for the driver, but did not find him. Someone spotted Barnes walking in the 4000 block of S.C. 90 and called police.

The incidents in Ohio occurred within several hours of each other on July 22 when a man held a store clerk hostage at a Circle K and stole cash, cigarettes and the clerk's vehicle, Boardman, Ohio police said.

The robber then walked into a drug store later that same morning and held a 74-year-old woman hostage as he demanded narcotics from the store clerk. He fled in the hostage's van, police said.

The van was the same one found in North Myrtle Beach at the gas station where the Toyota was stolen, police said.