Man arrested in connection to attempted abduction in MB
July 28, 2010 at 5:39 PM EST - Updated June 20 at 5:15 PM
MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) - A 37-year-old man has been arrested in connection to the attempted abduction of a 20-year-old woman along South Ocean Boulevard on July 21.
Capt. David Knipes, spokesman for the Myrtle Beach Police Department, said Shaun Taylor, 37, of McClellanville, SC, turned himself into police Wednesday morning.
Taylor was charged with attempted kidnapping and first degree assault and battery for his role in the attempted abduction of a Tennessee woman in the 2200 block of South Ocean Boulevard.
The victim, identified as Randa Massey, told police she was walking to a nearby mini-mart when a pale blue van approached her from behind. Two men inside of the vehicle, Massey said, grabbed her by the waist and arms in an attempt to pull her inside of an open van door.
The 20-year-old managed to successfully escape her potential abductors, after throwing an elbow at one of the suspects and hitting him in the face. After injuring the man, he and two others fled the area by van.
Massey's brush with danger has sparked the curiosity of many who are familiar with the 2009 disappearance of Brittanee Drexel.
Drexel, who was 17 years old at the time, vanished while on Spring Break in Myrtle Beach. The teen, according to investigators, was in the Grand Strand against the will of her mother.
Police said Drexel was last seen in the area of 11th Avenue South and 20th Avenue South, in close proximity to last Wednesday's latest attempted abduction.
The related incident locations have sparked a large amount of speculation, but Myrtle Beach Police aren't quick to tie the crimes together.
"At this time, we are not saying that the cases are related; however, we must exercise due diligence and properly review the cases and see if there are any similarities," Capt. David Knipes, spokesman for the Myrtle Beach Police Department, said.
Knipes said in a prepared statement that the only similarities between the two cases are the approximate locations and the fact that the two victims are younger women.
Myrtle Beach Police say investigators are continuing their search for two other suspects tied to Massey's attempted abduction, in addition to leads in the Drexel case.
Anyone with information on the two incidents is asked to call the Myrtle Beach Police Department immediately.