THURSDAY, AUG 10 UPDATE: According to Horry County police, an investigation into attempted child abductions in Plantation Lakes revealed the incidents were a prank.
The people inside a black Yukon who allegedly tried to kidnap children this week have been located and identified. Officers also said that all of the parties involved in the incident were juveniles.
MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WBTW) – An Horry County resident chased multiple people accused of trying to abduct children out of a neighborhood Monday, according to police.
Horry County police were called to Plantation Lakes Monday about an attempted kidnapping, police reports say. When officers arrived at a home on Wacobee Drive, they spoke with Dr. Barb Horn, who said four men in a black Yukon tried to abduct her 10-year-old.
“My heart didn’t stop beating for hours,” said Horn. “They were approached by a vehicle, a black Yukon, and the Yukon had the windows down and they had bandannas on and something over their hair so you could only see their eyes.”
Investigators spoke to four boys at the house who say the men tried to kidnap them. The police report says the victims’ ages ranged from 7 to 13 years old.
The 10-year-old told police that he and a friend were walking home from the pool when the black car stopped and the people inside told them, “Get in the car boys.” The boy says they didn’t stop, and ran home. A man wearing a pink mask got out of the car, but then got back into it before the Yukon sped off, the victim added.
A 13-year-old child also talked to police and said he was outside playing football with another person on Abingdon Drive when the car drove up to them. The boy said the windows were rolled down and he could see that the passengers were wearing bandannas and he couldn’t see their faces. The men in the car told the 13-year-old and the friend to “Come get inside,” then one of the suspects got out of the car, and then got back in, before the car left the cul-de-sac quickly.
Another man confirmed to police that he watched the Yukon speed out of the cul-de-sac and spin out. Police reports say the man “chased” the Yukon out of the neighborhood and followed the vehicle down Carolina Forest Boulevard and through subdivisions. Horn and her husband also jumped in their car once they knew their kids were safe.
“I immediately thought: What if there’s another child in trouble right now?” said Horn. “So we all got in our cars and went different directions to make sure we could find them because it’s all about community involvement and taking care of all of our children.”
Horn’s neighbor told police he confronted the people inside the car at the Circle K gas station on River Oaks Drive when the black car finally stopped to get gas.
The man managed to provide police with the Yukon’s license plate information, and a description of two of the individuals in the black car. According to the police report, one suspect had longer, dark colored hair parted on the side and the other suspect was wearing a white shirt with medium length thick, curly hair. The police report redacts the name of one of the suspects, who is a 15-year-old boy.
When police checked the address the Yukon was registered to on Monday, they didn’t find anything.
“Luckily they didn’t get done what they wanted to accomplish which was take a child,” said Horn. She said the neighbors in Plantation Lakes want to get together and discuss different safety options.
“We also want to bring in a police officer and have all the kids learn about safety and what the proper thing is to do,” she added.