Crime

Teens charged with armed robbery after high-speed chase with North Myrtle Beach police

Carl Lee Carmean
Carl Lee Carmean

Two teens were arrested following an armed robbery involving a wrench and gun and a high-speed car and foot chase with North Myrtle Beach police Friday.

Sierra Noella Swinton, 17, and Carl Lee Carmean, 18, both of Little River are each charged with criminal conspiracy, armed robbery, robbery while armed or allegedly armed with a deadly weapon, and resisting arrest, jail records show.

Carmean is also charged with pointing and presenting and possession of a weapon during a violent crime, authorities said.

North Myrtle Beach police were called about 4 a.m. Friday to a home on the 800 block of North Ocean Boulevard in reference to an armed robbery, according to a police report.

Police met with victims who told them a couple came up behind them when they were walking on the beach, pulled out a gun and a wrench, and demanded the woman’s purse, containing her wallet and other property, authorities said.

The couple then fled the area in a car. A North Myrtle Beach detective found the suspects’ vehicle on North Myrtle Point Boulevard and tried to initiate a traffic stop, police said.

A high-speed chase with police then ensued as the suspects were heading toward the Sea Mountain Highway swing bridge. The suspects disregarded a stop sign at S.C. 90 and fled toward U.S. 17 at a high speed, according to the report.

The suspects made a quick turn off S.C. 90 onto Cedar Light Lane, then crashed onto Lake Circle in Little River and fled on foot, police said.

Horry County police also responded and received a phone call from Swinton’s mother saying she picked her daughter and Carmean up and that they admitted to committing the armed robbery, the report states.

Horry County police went to a home on the 600 block of Highway 57 and found Swinton and Carmean there.

The pair was arrested then taken to the North Myrtle Beach Jail by Horry County police.

Swinton was released on home detention on $45,000 bond, and Carmean was released on home detention on $65,000 bond, jail records show.

Elizabeth Townsend: 843-626-0217, @TSN_etownsend

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