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Myrtle Beach man is second suspect charged in pizza shop robbery

A second man has been charged in a robbery at a Domino’s location in the city, according to police reports.

Police charged 21-year-old Bobby Lee William Barrier of Myrtle Beach with armed robbery. He was being held Monday at J. Reuben Long Detention Center on $20,000 bail, according to jail records.

Also charged in the same robbery, which happened on Thursday at the Domino’s at 5335 N. Kings Highway, was Michael Lee Howard, 37, of Marietta Ga., according to a police report.

Howard is being held on $33,654 bail on the charges of disregarding a traffic signal, armed robbery, hit-and-run involving property damage, reckless driving, operation of an unsafe vehicle and operating an uninsured vehicle, according to jail records. He also faces a failure to appear charge, but no bail was set for that charge.

The armed robbery charges against both men stemmed from an incident Thursday when Myrtle Beach officers were called at 9 p.m. to the Domino’s for an armed robbery, police said.

An employee working the front cash register told police that a man walked into the store wearing a hooded shirt pulled over his head and a hat and lifted his shirt to expose a handgun in his waistband, according to the report. The employee said the man told him he didn’t want to hurt anyone, but needed the money.

Another employee told police he saw the man walk into the store and stand next to the other employee, lift his shirt to show a gun and then run out the door, according to the report. A third employee told police he saw the suspect with the first employee and then he realized the store was being robbed.

That employee ran outside and saw the suspect get into a pickup truck and drive away. The employee then got into his vehicle and followed the suspect, according to the report. The employee followed the suspect down North Kings Highway while talking on his cellphone to another employee, relaying their location as they traveled. That employee phoned the information to the police.

A separate report showed police were notified by dispatch about the robbery and given a description of Howard’s pickup truck.

An officer saw the dark blue Dodge truck turn westbound onto 21st Avenue North toward Oak Street and then southbound onto Oak Street.

Howard was driving at a high rate of speed and officers noted in the report his truck struck a car when he turned east onto 12th Avenue North and did not stop. The driver of that vehicle was not hurt, but the vehicle was damaged.

Officers also learned Howard has a revoked North Carolina registration plate for not having vehicle insurance, according to the report. The truck’s tires also had no tread on them.

Barrier was arrested at 11:15 p.m. Friday at 103 N. Ocean Blvd., but the report did not show how he was connected to the incident.

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