Police arrest motel armed robbery suspect

Emoptep Muhammad

One of four men wanted for an armed robbery at the Ocean Plaza Motel has been arrested, according to Myrtle Beach police spokesman Captain David Knipes.

Officers were called to the Ocean Boulevard motel at 6:30 a.m. Monday.

Three victims told officers that someone knocked on their door at 5 a.m. and said they were Myrtle Beach police.

When the victims opened their door, they said four men forced their way into the room.

One victim was pistol whipped, according to Knipes.

The men forced the victims to lie on the bed with their faces down, and another victim was taken into a bathroom and fondled, according to the police report.

Phones, credit cards, purses, wallets, hair straighteners, jewelery, $220 in cash, alcohol and a GPS unit were stolen from the rooms.

One of the men also took a victim next door to the Polynesian Resort at knife point and forced her to withdraw $200 from an ATM in the lobby.

Once the men left the room, the victims went to another room on the property to borrow a phone and called police.

Tuesday afternoon, police identified Emoptep Muhammad as one of the suspects. He is in the Myrtle Beach jail, charged with eight counts of Armed Robbery, eight counts of Kidnapping, Burglary, and two counts of Possession of a Weapon During a Violent Crime.

Police are looking for Dominique Lowell Grant, who is wanted for his involvement in the robbery. Police believe him and other people possibly involved are traveling in a white Crown Victoria, with SC tags of HWC565, with an orange interior.

Grant, 23, is about 5'8", 175 lbs, with short black hair.

The men are possibly with Shemika Bryant, who is also wanted for Accessory after the Fact.

All are armed and dangerous.

Police found several items that were stolen in another room on the same property.