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Police arrest two Marion men in Surfside Beach home invasion

Police arrest two Marion men in home invasion in Surfside Beach (Photos: Surfside Beach Police Department; background: WPDE)

Two Marion men have been arrested in connection with an armed home invasion that happened in Surfside Beach on Thursday.

According to a news release, Surfside Beach Police Department responded to reports of a residential burglary at around 6 a.m. on the 500 block of Juniper Drive.

The victim told police that two men entered her home wearing masks, pointing a gun at her, and robbed her. She said the men stole a handgun that the victim had in the home and then fled.

Additional officers were called in and a search of the area was conducted.

Officers tracked and pursued the men, who began running and trying to elude them. The suspects were caught and arrested only minutes later, the release said.

Police said the suspects had evidence in their possession that linked them directly to the burglary.

Tyrese Pressley, 23, of Marion, has been charged with first degree burglary, criminal conspiracy, kidnapping, possession of a stolen handgun, armed robbery, and possession of criminal tools.

Kymoze Bethea, 21, of Marion, has been charged with first degree burglary, criminal conspiracy, kidnapping, possession of a firearm by a felon, resisting arrest, unlawful carrying of a handgun, armed robbery, and possession of criminal tools.

Surfside Beach Police Department Interim Chief Kenneth Hoffman said he was proud of his officers for their efforts to solve the case and bring some closure to the victim.

"I cannot imagine what this victim went through. I am proud of our officers and relieved we were fortunate enough to be able to bring our level of resources to bear and capture these two violent offenders," Hoffman.

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