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Loris woman facing attempted murder, robbery charges arrested after argument with neighbor

A Loris woman facing charges in connection with the fatal shooting of a man during a Conway store robbery attempt has been released on $5,000 bail after being arrested during a dispute with her neighbor over her dog, according to authorities.

Tamela Riggins, 30, of Loris was charged with contributing to the delinquency of a minor and booked into J. Reuben Long Detention Center at 11:06 a.m. Monday, according to jail records. She was released at 8:53 p.m. Tuesday on $5,000 bail.

Riggins’ neighbor, Jennifer Lynn Forti, 41, of Loris, also was arrested during in the incident. She was charged with assault and battery and released Wednesday on $500 bail, according to jail records.

Riggins was indicted in July on charges of attempted murder and attempted armed robbery in connection with the fatal shooting of Coaty Santel Deas. She had been free on $100,000 bail on those charges.

Horry County police charged Riggins after they were called about 10 p.m. March 5 to the Food Shop at 1300 U.S. 501 Business near Conway for an armed robbery. Police learned the business owner shot Deas, who had attempted to rob him.

Police said Riggins was the lookout and getaway driver for Deas, and an arrest warrant showed she fired several shots from a handgun during the incident. The clerk was not charged in the shooting.

In the most recent incident, Horry County police were called at 10 a.m. Monday to West Dogwood Road after Forti said her neighbor’s dog was tangled in a tie-out cable and she called Horry County Environmental Services about it, but was told it was a holiday and no one would respond, according to the report.

Forti told police that her husband went onto her neighbor’s property and untangled the dog, according to the report. An argument began and Forti told police that Riggins told a 13-year-old and 16-year-old girl to attack another 16-year-old girl, which they did.

Forti told police that she tried to break up the fight.

Riggins told police she told the 13-year-old girl to slap the 16-year-old girl because she was yelling and cursing at her and Riggins knew she would go to jail if she did so, according to the report. Riggins also said she tried to pull the girls apart when Forti hit the 13-year-old girl in the face.

The juveniles confirmed the sequence of events to police and officers arrested the women, according to the report. Officers noted that there have been ongoing issues between the two families and police had been called before on other occasions.

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