North Carolina murder suspect arrested in Myrtle Beach Thursday morning

A man who is a murder suspect from North Carolina was arrested by Myrtle Beach police Thursday morning.

Matthew Ray Lawson is wanted in connection with first-degree murder out of Surry County, N.C. and was apprehended in Myrtle Beach, according to a Facebook posting by the Myrtle Beach Police Department.

Lawson will be charged with fugitive from justice, possession of marijuana (second offense), possession with intent to distribute cocaine, possession of methamphetamine, possession of a stolen handgun and unlawful carry of a firearm.

A release from the department states that on July 26 officers attempted to conduct a traffic stop on his vehicle due to a violation of the city noise ordinance.

Officials said that as officers approached the vehicle, the driver fled the scene in order to evade the officers. Officers shortly found the vehicle after the occupants fled on foot.

Officers were unable to locate the subjects after setting up a perimeter and deploying K9 officers.

According to the release, the vehicle registration showed that the vehicle was connected to the Surry County homicide investigation.

On July 27, officers identified a man who fit the description of Lawson walking along Joe White Ave. When officers approached the man, he fled, leading to a brief chase. Once captured, the man was identified as Lawson.

A female with Lawson was also arrested. Her identity has not been released at this time.

It is not yet clear when Lawson will appear for a bond hearing.

Elizabeth Townsend: 843-626-0217, @TSN_etownsend

Megan Tomasic: 843-626-0343, @MeganTomasic