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He kidnapped a Surfside woman when he was 18. He faces more than a decade in prison

Horry County police officers investigate the scene at a BB&T bank off of Highway 17 in Little River after an attempted robbery on Tuesday.
Horry County police officers investigate the scene at a BB&T bank off of Highway 17 in Little River after an attempted robbery on Tuesday. jbell@thesunnews.com

A Surfside store employee was forced into a car at gunpoint back in May of 2017. On Thursday it was announced that her kidnapper pleaded guilty and will face 12 years in prison, according to the 15th Circuit Solicitor’s Office.

Nazjier Ferrell, 19, from New Castle, Delaware, pleaded guilty to kidnapping and armed robbery charges.

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Nazjier Ferrell - Courtesy of South Carolina Office of the Solicitor

The incident happened in May 2017, when a masked man entered the Scotchman store on Dick Pond Road in Surfside Beach. A store employee was forced into the car that was heading North.

The woman was held at gunpoint before she was able to escape in Columbus County, North Carolina, across the state line from Horry.

After Horry County police investigated, two suspects were identified: Ferrell and Destiny Simmons of Delaware. The two were extradited back to Horry County from their home state.

Ferrell was charged with and pleaded guilty to armed robbery and kidnapping. Co-defendant Simmons’ charges are still pending, according to the press release.

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