Horry County Sheriffs deputies with help from the US Marshals Task Force arrested a wanted fugitive by the Los Angeles Police Department for child stealing, according to the Horry County Sheriff's Office.
Donald Eugene Byrd, 59, was arrested at an apartment on the 400 block of 17th Avenue South in Myrtle Beach Tuesday afternoon, after a tip was given to the sheriff's office saying he might be in Horry County.
"Mr. Byrd came to the door, identified himself as someone else, so he used a different name. Our deputies had a picture in hand of Mr. Byrd and of his grandson. Once Mr. Byrd realized we were there with information that we knew who to be true, he admitted that he was, indeed, who we believed that he was," Sergeant Jeff Benton with the Horry County Sheriff's Office said.
Byrd took his then 12-year-old grandson from the child's mother's home and has been on the run for the past 2 years, deputies added.
The grandson was also at the home and has been taken safely into protective custody.
According to our ABC affiliate in Naples, Florida, Byrd and his wife have a permanent residence in Naples.
They said after a nasty three year custody battle, Byrd's grandson was taken from his grandparents there, and returned to his mother who lives in Los Angeles.
Benton said it's not uncommon to discover fugitives seeking refuge in Horry County.
"Us arresting fugitives in Horry County in the Myrtle Beach area is certainly not uncommon. Especially during the summer months. We live in a resort area. We live in a place where you can go down Ocean Boulevard and you can go down to the Marshwalk and see hundreds and thousands of people. It's easy for folks to blend in," Benton said.
Donald Byrd is currently at J. Reuben Long Detention center awaiting extradition back to Los Angeles, CA. He will be placed on $500,000 dollars bail upon his return.