Woman, 72, says home invasion suspects ‘did not intimidate me’

HORRY COUNTY, SC (WBTW) – Horry County Police are searching for two home invasion suspects after two elderly women were tied up and locked inside the home’s bathroom Wednesday morning.

Lt. Raul Denis with Horry County Police says officers responded to a home invasion around 9:15 a.m. Wednesday at a home on Highway 19, in Conway. The elderly victims, a 72-year-old woman and her 90-year-old mother, reported that a man and a woman came into their beauty salon, located near their residence, with shotguns and forced them to go into their home. The two women told officers the suspects tied them up and locked them in a bathroom.

“He looked at me and he says, ‘I want money,’ and I looked at him and I thought it was a joke,” recalls Eva Chestnut, one of the victims who says the suspects taped her to a chair.

Chestnut says the man then pulled a sawed-off shotgun from behind his back and pointed it right at her face and demanded cash.

“He says, ‘I need $500, and I’m going to have it today one way or another and you’re going to help me get it,'” confirms Chestnut. “Although they tied me up, they still did not intimidate me.”

Police say the suspects then ransacked the home for anything of value. Chestnut asked her mother to cut the tape with scissors so she could get help.

“I knew somebody had to do something, and there was nobody but me,” she said. “I’ve got a choice. I can crumble or I can stand up to the situation.”

The suspects made off with numerous firearms, jewelry, money in $2 bills, and the victim’s 2004 white Chevrolet C19C 1500 Extended cab pick-up truck. The truck should have SC Tag CGC-822, a small faded “tiger paw” sticker on the tailgate and silver bed rails. The truck also has magnetic stickers on the sides for Chestnut Pools.

“I don’t even know what all they took. My house is still turned upside down,” explains Chestnut. “I would hope that they would have better judgement than to come back.”

Lt. Denis says the suspects are described as a white male, approximately 30-years-old, standing about 6’ tall and weighing 130-150 pounds. Police report the man has short “buzz cut” black hair and may have a mustache. He was last seen wearing black shoes, jeans, a gray zip up hoodie jacket, black gloves and shades.

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The second suspect is a white female, approximately 30-years-old, standing about 5′ to 5’2″ tall and weighing 100 pounds. The female suspect was last seen wearing black shoes, jeans, a gray zip up hoodie jacket, black gloves, black toboggan and shades. The woman is believed to have long hair. The victims reported to police that the female suspect told the victim she had four children, two in school and two who are not. In addition, the female suspect reportedly told the victims she had lung cancer and was being treated at MUSC.

Anyone with information related to this home invasion or either of the suspects is asked to call Horry County Police at at 843-248-1520 or call the Tip Line 843-915-8477.

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