Crime

Third arrest made in connection with deadly Loris store armed robbery

A third suspect has been arrested in connection with a deadly armed robbery at a Loris store Monday.

Demetrius Altman, 37, of Chadbourn, N.C., was arrested Tuesday by the U.S. Marshal’s Task Force during a traffic stop in Chadbourn, authorities said.

Altman is wanted in Horry County in connection with accessory before the fact to a felony, according to authorities. Altman will face extradition to Horry County, Lt. Mark Bonner with Horry County police said.

“During the course of the investigation, Horry County Police Department Major Crimes’ Detectives established the participation of the third suspect involved in this crime,” Bonner said.

Horry County police obtained an arrest warrant and entered Altman as wanted in police information systems.

Edy Boudagh, 45, of Loris, who owns the Loris Market & Beverages store, was shot to death during an armed robbery about 10 a.m. Monday.

Jim Tracy Miller, 26, of Tabor City, N.C., and Jonathan Stefan Vanderhorst, 21, of Whiteville, N.C., were arrested Monday and charged Tuesday with murder, armed robbery, first-degree assault and battery and possession of a weapon during a violent crime, authorities said.

Vanderhorst is also charged with unlawful to carry a pistol, according to jail records.

Police arrested the pair after a four-hour manhunt Monday. Officials released images of the suspects from a surveillance camera inside the store, which led to tips to the police department. Horry County officers, detectives, a bloodhound tracking team and agents with the S.C. Law Enforcement Division and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives Fugitive Task Force combed the area until the suspects were found.

The two men remain jailed in Horry County at J. Reuben Long Detention Center and were both denied bond at a hearing Wednesday morning.

Elizabeth Townsend: 843-626-0217, @TSN_etownsend

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