Horry County police say they responded to two home break-ins at The Farm at Carolina Forest Tuesday night, with one person suffering a minor injury.
Incident reports show a first-degree burglary and larceny reported Tuesday on Harvester Circle. A robbery/attempted robbery was reported about 9:30 p.m. on Barn Owl Court, according to a report. Krystal Dotson, Horry County police spokesperson, said the incidents are not related.
Police responded about 11:15 p.m. to Harvester Circle after reports of a burglary, according to a report. The victim told police that someone was banging on her door about 8 p.m., and she was upstairs and could see a black man walk over and get into a maroon colored vehicle, the report said.
About an hour later, someone else was banging on the door and ringing the doorbell, the report said. The victim told police she got scared and locked herself in the bathroom upstairs, police said. The victim then heard someone coming up the stairs of her house and opened the door, seeing a suspect in front of her, authorities said. When the suspect saw the victim, he ran downstairs, police said.
The victim told police the doors to the home were locked and police said there were no signs of forced entry.
Another victim said she knew the suspect for about a year, but the suspect had no reason to be at the home, police said. The victim said the suspect asked earlier in the day what she was doing later in the evening and asked who would be home because the suspect wanted to hang out with her, police said.
A laptop was allegedly taken, authorities said.
About an hour later, police were dispatched to Barn Owl Court after reports of a home invasion, a report said.
A victim at the home told police a second victim had suffered a minor injury, and was cruising the neighborhood in search of a fleeing suspect, police said. When the victim returned home, police said he had a cut on his leg and was bleeding on his head. According to a police report, the only description given of the suspect is a 6-foot, 3-inch black man, weighing 210 pounds.
One victim told police a suspect allegedly came into the kitchen with a double barrel shotgun, a report said. The victims' dog began barking at the suspect, police said. The victims thought "some sort of joke was being played out" until the suspect allegedly pointed the shotgun at the victims, authorities said.
The suspect then allegedly told the victims to give up their cell phones so they wouldn't call police, the report said. A victim yelled to another victim upstairs to come downstairs with a gun because they were being robbed, police said. The suspect allegedly demanded all of their money, and a victim told the suspect he had no money, the report said.
The victim tried to get the gun by grabbing onto the barrel and a struggle began, the report said. The two started tripping over chairs and "propelling themselves into walls," officers said. About this time, a victim who was upstairs came down, saw the fight and called police, the report said.
The suspect fled, tripping over a tree branch while fleeing, the report said.
Dotson said detectives have identified a suspect in the burglary incident and are looking for footage from residents who have a home surveillance system. If you are willing to release footage, contact 843-915-8477.
Hannah Strong: 843-444-1765, @HannahLStrong