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Loris deadly armed robbery suspect refused extradition at hearing

Demetrius Altman
Demetrius Altman

A suspect charged as an accessory in connection with a deadly Loris store armed robbery fought extradition from North Carolina at a hearing Friday.

Demetrius Altman, 36, of Chadbourn, N.C., is charged with accessory before the fact to a felony in connection to the fatal armed robbery Monday at Loris Market & Beverages store at 1044 S.C. 9 E. Business. The store’s owner, Edy Boudagh, 45, of Loris, was fatally shot during the robbery, police said.

Altman had an initial extradition hearing at a Columbus County courtroom Friday where he refused extradition to Horry County, officials said.

Altman, who has a court-appointed attorney, is set to have a full extradition hearing June 16, officials said.

He was arrested Tuesday by the U.S. Marshal’s Task Force during a traffic stop in Chadbourn, authorities said.

He is charged as a fugitive in North Carolina in connection with the Horry County incident. Columbus County, N.C., police also said cocaine was found on him during the arrest, and he is also charged with possession with intent to sell/deliver cocaine.

Altman is also charged with failure to appear on a misdemeanor charge, records show.

He is being held at the Columbus County Detention Center on $22,500 bond, according to jail records.

Altman allegedly planned the armed robbery with suspects Jim Tracy Miller, 26, of Tabor City, N.C., and Jonathan Stefan Vanderhorst, 21, of Whiteville, N.C., and then drove them to Loris Market & Beverages where the incident happened, according to an Horry County police arrest warrant.

Altman waited for Miller and Vanderhorst in a vehicle during the robbery to be used as their escape, according to arrest warrants for Miller and Vanderhorst.

Miller and Vanderhorst were 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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