Police say a carjacking at an Ocean Boulevard hotel led to a police chase and the arrest of a Pee Dee man near the Myrtle Trace neighborhood in Conway .
Myrtle Beach police Lt. Doug Furlong said Ernest Green, 42, who lists a Timmonsville address, is being held in the Myrtle Beach city jail, charged with carjacking. Furlong said he is unaware of any county or state charges that may be added after an investigation.
Furlong said the carjacking took place at 10:39 a.m. on the third floor of the parking deck at Sea Mist Resort at 1200 S. Ocean Blvd. Furlong said the suspect robbed a woman at knifepoint as she stepped off the elevator, taking her money, car keys and cell phone.
Furlong said the man took off in the woman's rented Chevy Traverse. The victim used another person's cell phone to call police. Furlong said an officer spotted the vehicle heading west on U.S. 501 and Myrtle Beach officers began a chase, soon joined by Horry County Police and SC Highway Patrol.
Furlong said officers tried to stop the vehicle at the Singleton Ridge Road intersection with U.S. 501, but the man avoided the stop, turning onto Singleton Ridge and then into the parking lot at Conway Medical Center. The suspect ditched the car in the parking lot and ran into woods behind the hospital, Furlong said.
Horry County Police Sgt. Robert Kegler says officers arrested Green in the Conway Medical Center area.
Dave Clement, who lives in the Myrtle Trace subdivision behind the woods where Green was captured, said he saw 5 or 6 police cruisers at the end of his street, with armed officers scouring the woods near his home.
"Why someone would go in there is beyond me," Clement said. "It's full of snakes, just loaded with snakes. There's moccasins and copperheads. The (landscaping) workers won't even go back there."
Clement, a retired Air Force officer who keeps a .357 pistol in his home, said the search for a carjacking suspect didn't worry him.
"Just my past history, it doesn't bother me. Not at all. You just, you're always prepared."
Lt. Furlong said K9 teams from Myrtle Beach and Horry County helped track Green and he was arrested around 11:20 a.m.
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