Horry County police late Tuesday announced the captures of two suspects in the death of a man whose body was found last week in the Loris area.
Police had Emericka Jackson in custody around 10 p.m., after finding her near Mount Ariel Church, according to a posting on the Horry County Police Department Facebook page. A man who was with Jackson fled, but was found nearly two hours later, according police.
Jackson, 16, of Loris, is facing a charge of murder. She is a juvenile but is being charged as an adult, according to Horry County Police Lt. Robert Kegler.
Later Tuesday police found Deterris Marquiz Nequa Bellamy, 19, of Loris, who is charged as an accessory after the fact of murder, according to authorities.
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Police considered both armed and dangerous, and during a hunt for the pair asked residents in the S.C. 319 area near Loris to stay in their homes and report any suspicious people to 911. Details about each capture were not released late Tuesday.
Horry County police say the pair is linked to the death of 21-year-old, Dashadre Jacorey Sampson, whose body was found Wednesday night at an abandoned area off Bennett Loop in Loris.
Police were called to the 1000 block of Bennett Loop, where the body was found, around 5 p.m. Wednesday. Bennett Loop is off Airport Road in Loris.
Kegler said it appears the area where the victim was found is not where the shooting occurred.
Sampson is a registered sex offender in Horry County, convicted of two counts of solicitation of a minor in August 2014, according to the Horry County sex offender database. The victims are listed as 13- and 15-year-old girls.
In February of 2013, Sampson was charged with criminal sexual conduct with a minor in the second degree, according to SLED records. In December 2013, Sampson was charged with several more offenses: third-degree criminal sexual conduct; contributing the delinquency of a minor; and second degree criminal sexual conduct.
When police searched his home in the Carolina Forest area in 2013, officers found a cellphone with a “selfie” photo of a topless girl, the report said. Sampson, police said, responded with an inappropriate picture. The girl told Sampson she was 15 in a Facebook conversation in November 2013, the report said.
Sampson incurred two more charges – third-degree sexual exploitation of a minor and disseminating obscene material to a person under 18 – related to a 16-year-old girl reporting that Sampson had raped her after giving her alcohol, according to SLED records.
The girl told police that she met with Sampson after having an argument with her father and they went to Sampson’s apartment where he gave her something to drink and she became incapacitated, according to a police report.
The victim said she was unable to fight or stop Sampson, who had sex with her, the report said. The victim said when she woke, Sampson took her home and she then went to the hospital where police were called.