Armed robbery suspects lead police on high-speed chase
North Myrtle Beach police dashboard camera footage released Wednesday shows teen suspects fleeing authorities in a car then on foot following an armed robbery on the beach.
Officers were called about 4 a.m. Friday to a home on the 800 block of North Ocean Boulevard in reference to the 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 fled the area in a car. Police caught up with the couple and a high-speed chase ensued as the suspects headed 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.
Horry County police also responded and received a phone call from Swinton’s mother saying she picked her daughter and the another suspect up and that they admitted to committing the armed robbery, police said.
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.
Both have been released on home detention, jail records show.