HORRY COUNTY, SC (WCSC) - Detectives with the Horry County Police Department's Violent Crimes Section have arrested 15 people, ranging in age from 14 to 22, and are searching for five others in connection to a Feb. 5 lynching.
Officers responded to a fight at a Myrtle Beach home. When they arrived at the home, the victim and the victim's parents told officers approximately 20 people assaulted the victim and pointed several firearms at him. He was able to alert his parents, who confronted the crowd.
The crowd then pointed their weapons at the parents, but left when they saw the victim's mother brandishing a shotgun. According to the police report, the suspects left the scene firing their firearms into the air.
The Horry County Police Department's Violent Crimes Section were able to investigate and identify 20 people who were present during the fight and that the people were members of a local fight club.
According to investigators, the fight stemmed from a disagreement between the victim and the members of the group.
Two of the suspects identified, Cody Vance Warren, 20, and Jason Alexander, 22, were linked to two home invasions in Socastee.
Police have arrested 15 people so far, including: Alexander; Tyler Bingham, 17; Joshua David Smith, 18; Chelsie Ann Fortner, 18; Meredith Lee Fortner, 17; Corey Alan Parag, 17; Peter Emanuel Franco, 17; Travis Heil, 16; Nick Scott Windham, 16; Edward Kyle Fisher, 16; a pair of 15-year-old juveniles and a duo of 14-year-old juveniles.
All 15 were charged with lynching and presenting a firearm. The 11 being tried as adults were transported to the J. Reuben Long Detention Center. The four minors were released into the custody of their parents.
Police are still searching for five suspects: Warren, Akiem Davis, 19; William Roy Lovell, 18; Kassidy Anderson, 16; and an unnamed juvenile.
The five fugitives are wanted for lynching and presenting a firearm.
If anyone has information on the location of these individuals, they are asked to contact the Horry County Police Department at 915-5350.