Suspect barricaded in storage facility in Horry County, arrested

Horry County police have secured the area around the storage facility where the suspect is believed to be. / Joel Allen

A suspect in a bank robbery last week in Horry County is in custody, after a brief standoff with police Tuesday.

Police say Kyle William Gunther will face bank robbery charges, in connection with the July 28th robbery of the First Federal bank on Highway 707 in Murrells Inlet.

Around 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, officers from Myrtle Beach and Horry County police responded to the Universal Storage and Office Park on Piedmont Avenue near Coastal Grand Mall off Highway 17.

They say Gunther was holed up in a storage unit and indicated he was armed. The standoff didn't last long.

"Just a few minutes," said Horry County police Lance Cpl. Marcus Rhodes. "Once the support officers got on scene and the perimeter was established, he surrendered."

A man working in one of the other storage units said he heard police show up with guns drawn, telling Gunther to come out, but Gunther refused. The man tells us police got the key from the landlord so they didn't have to kick down the door. The man said Gunther has lived in the unit for the past few months.

The owner of a pool contracting company located near the storage units said he had seen Gunther in the area before, but was unaware Gunther was living in one of the units.

"He came over here and represented himself as a pool plasterer from out of town and I've seen him walking up and down the street," said Ted Hucks, owner of Hucks Pool Co. "I didn't know you could rent rooms over there or whatever. I don't like the idea at all."

Hucks said his business has been broken into 3 times over the last ten days. "Nothing major stolen. Some tools and cashbox and some odds and ends."

While Hucks said he doesn't know if Gunther was responsible for the break-ins, he's glad Gunther is in police custody. "Sure am. Maybe the crime will stop."

Horry County police say Gunther is charged with Strong Arm Robbery and Entering a Bank with Intent to Steal.