Crime

Two men arrested after man robbed at gunpoint

Nicholas Lowe
Nicholas Lowe

Authorities arrested two men after a man told Myrtle Beach police a group of men got angry with him when he refused to buy drugs and robbed him of $200 at gunpoint.

Andrew Mclellan, 19, of Myrtle Beach was charged with armed robbery, malicious injury, marijuana possession, and loitering for harmful purposes, according to jail records.

Nicholas David Lowe, 20, of Myrtle Beach was charged with armed robbery and loitering.

Myrtle Beach officers were called about 4 a.m. Saturday to an area near a fire station on Mr. Joe White Avenue where a 25-year-old victim told police he was robbed.

The victim said he met two men at the Circle K store on Mr. Joe White Avenue and Kings Highway, walked with them, and met a small group of men.

The victim said that the men tried to persuade him to buy marijuana and got upset when he refused and started asking how much money he had on him, police said.

The victim told police he got scared and tried to walk away, but the group of about five to six men all grabbed him.

The victim said two men pulled out handguns, took $200 from him, and threw his cellphone in a nearby pond, police said.

The victim said some men in the group told the gunmen to “shoot him” and “kill him,” but one man said, “no, let him walk off now,” according to the report.

The victim told police he was then told to walk away slowly. The victim said he ran off down the street and got away, authorities said.

The victim also told police he suffered head injuries during the incident, but he declined going to the hospital for treatment.

Police said they searched the area and found two men matching the victim’s description of the suspects and arrested them.

Lowe and Mclellan are both being jailed at the J. Reuben Long Detention Center.

Lowe is being held on a $7,762 bond, and Mclellan is being held on a $17,500 bond for the armed robbery and malicious injury charges.

Mclellan’s bond for the loitering charge and marijuana possession had not been set by Tuesday morning.

Contact ELIZABETH TOWNSEND at 626-0217 or on Twitter @TSN_etownsend.

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