Myrtle Beach resident took action when he found an intruder in his home, cops say

A 58-year-old man confronted an intruder in his Myrtle Beach home, dragged him outside and held the suspect down until police arrived, according to an arrest report.

Officers arrested and charged James Ervine Willis Jr., 40, with first-degree burglary.

Police went to a Camellia Drive residence around 10 p.m. Sunday for a disturbance, according to the report. When they arrived, a victim said her husband was wrestling with Willis on the ground near the house.

Officers saw the husband holding Willis on the ground near the carport, according to the report.

The husband said Willis went into his home and he had to fight the suspect to get him out of the house, the report states.

The husband said his son woke him up when he heard a loud bang by the kitchen door. The husband went to the room and tried to push Willis, but the suspect started throwing punches. The husband reportedly dragged Willis out of the kitchen and into the yard.

Police say Willis broke into the home by shattering two window panes on a door and then reached inside to unlock the door, according to the report.

Willis told officers that he took drugs earlier in the night and thought people were chasing him, the report states.

First-degree burglary is punishable by 15 years to life in prison.

Alex Lang is the True Crime reporter for The Sun News covering the legal system and how crime impacts local residents. He says letting residents know if they are safe is a vital role of a newspaper. Alex has covered crime in Detroit, Iowa, New York City, West Virginia and now Horry County.