Inmate’s death was self-inflicted

On Saturday, 28-year-old Abed Naqshabandi was being transported back to the J. Reuben Long Detention Center from Conway Hospital where he had been treated for a heel injury.

During the transport, which took about 25 minutes Naqshabandi wrapped a seatbelt around his neck and was discovered unresponsive when they returned to the jail, according to the Horry County Coroner’s Office. EMS was called and Naqshabandi was transported to the emergency room. He died Monday in Grand Strand Medical Center at shortly before noon. An autopsy conducted Tuesday confirmed that his death was due to self-inflicted asphyxiation due to ligature compression, according to the Horry County Coroner’s Office.

Myrtle Beach police took Naqshabandi to the detention center on Aug. 28 on charges of shoplifting and possession of a controlled substance.

In accordance with Detention Center protocol regarding in-custody inmate deaths, the South Carolina Law Enforcement Division (SLED) was contacted, responded to the incident and is conducting an inquiry into the incident.

No foul play is detected at this time. The SLED inquiry is continuing.

Pedestrian death

Daryl Isaac Cook is the pedestrian who died from his injuries Sunday morning after being struck by a vehicle at the U.S. 501/River Oaks exit ramp. Cook was 36-years-old and lived in Myrtle Beach.

Horry County man charged with child pornography

William Raymond Jones, 29, of Myrtle Beach has been charged with four counts connected to the sexual exploitation of a minor, according to information provided by the S.C. Attorney General’s Office.

Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) Task Force investigators with the Horry County Sheriff's Office made the arrest. Coastal Carolina University Police Department assisted with this investigation.

Investigators believe Jones distributed multiple files of child pornography.

Jones was arrested Sept. 18. He is charged with four counts of sexual exploitation of a minor, second degree, a felony offense punishable by up to 10 years imprisonment on each count. He has additional related charges pending in Florida, according to the Attorney General’s Office.

Horry County jail records put his age at 31.

The case will be prosecuted by the Attorney General's Office.

Attorney General Alan Wilson stressed all defendants are presumed innocent unless and until they are proven guilty in a court of law.

Putting out a fire?

A young Conway man caught the attention of a Conway policeman who, as he stood out by the city’s dog park, saw a man speeding in a black truck and squealing his tires as he made a turn, according to a Conway police report. When the suspect stopped, the policeman told him he needed to slow down because he was going to hit someone going that fast. The police report says the suspect was smiling as he “roasts” his tires and went back out of the apartment complex, where he had stopped, even faster than he came in.

The policeman told the property manager that he wanted to talk with the young man when he came back.

At about 20 minutes after midnight, a witness told the policeman he saw the young man come back with a fire extinguisher. He says the young man sprayed the police cruiser all over with the fire extinguisher. The witness asked the suspect what he was doing and he told him, “The officer was rude to me earlier so I sprayed his car.”

The witness then grabbed a towel and told the suspect to clean the cruiser. The witness’s roommate came out and the witness told him what was happening. That’s when the witness knocked on the policeman’s door and the suspect took off running.

The police report says when the policeman spoke with the suspect he said he smelled a strong odor of alcohol. He detained the young man and told him to quit moving around and reaching into his pockets.

He said he continued to try to put handcuffs on him and asked someone to call 911 to summon a second officer.

After the suspect had handcuffs on, the policeman told him to sit on the ground, but instead he flopped down onto his stomach and continued to move around until the policeman put his knee on the suspect’s shoulder blade to hold him still until a second officer could get there.

When the policeman asked the man why he sprayed his car, the man said, ”To prove a point.”

The suspect then became angry at the officer, stood up and made an aggressive move toward the two officers. He was taken to jail on charges of vandalism and public drunkenness.

Drug/alcohol incidents

■ A Conway man was charged with public drunkenness and shoplifting after a Conway policeman saw him walking on Church Street carrying a set of red bolt cutters, according to a Conway police report.

The policeman says the man matched the description given of a suspect of a larceny.

The policeman says when he spoke with the suspect he smelled alcohol, and the man was slurring his words.

The policeman says the bolt cutters still had paper on the handles and he knew they were the kind sold at Harbor Freight Tools, the police report says.

The suspect first said the bolt cutters were given to him by a friend to cut a locked cable from his bicycle.

However, he later told the policeman that he took the bolt cutters from Harbor Freight, the police report says. The policeman says he searched and found a bicycle tire inner tube and two padlocks with keys.

The suspect was taken to jail.

The policeman says he took the things to the store manager at Harbor Freight who told him the things did belong to his store. He also had a video of the suspect leaving walking “differently” holding his waist area. The amount taken from the store was $18.50. The manager said his store does not sell the padlocks that the policeman found.

■ A Conway police officer says he saw a Dillon teen drifting from lane to lane on U.S. 501 East. When the policeman stopped and spoke with him he says the teen smelled of alcohol and was slurring his words.

The Conway policeman says the teen told him he had been drinking.

He performed poorly on field sobriety tests so the officer checked his identification and found a fake identification, according to the Conway police report.

He registered .11 on a breath test. He was charged with driving with an unlawful alcohol concentration and possession of false identification.

■ A young Virginia man was charged after Conway Fire personnel were called to check on him as he slept behind the Murphy Express on Church Street, according to a Conway police report.

The fireman told the policeman that he man was okay, but he seemed intoxicated. The young man was slurring his speech and smelled of alcohol. The young man had a pet dog that at that time was not causing any disturbances. The policeman suggested that the man relax and drink some water while he tried to get him a ride out of the area.

A firewoman said when she tried to take the suspect’s dog some water he hit the dog with a plastic gallon jug, according to the police report.

To prevent any more issues, the policeman charged the man and put handcuffs on him. When he tried to search the suspect he became loud and boisterous and resisted the officer, the report says. When two policemen tried to place the man into a police cruiser, he started striking his head on the hood and side of the vehicle. The police report says the man pulled away from the car and stood by the rear door. When the door opened he refused to get into the vehicle and resisted the officers as they tried to place him in his seat.

The two officers then forcibly pushed him into the car and closed the door. Two more officers were summoned. The suspect then started kicking the inside of the vehicle and hitting his head on the clear partition. The officers say they asked the young man multiple times to stop, but he refused. With help from the additional officers, police were able to put leg chains on the suspect and a leg hobble was placed between the front and rear passenger doors. The suspect was taken to jail on charges of public drunkenness, disorderly conduct and resisting arrest.

■ Conway police say they were called to check on an unconscious Mullins man on Hemingway Street. The person who called said her boyfriend was unconscious sitting on the ground leaning on his truck.

Two police officers checked the man’s vital signs and found he had a slow pulse and was having trouble breathing. Conway fire officials came to the site where they administered Narcan along with other first aid. The man then began to regain consciousness and the fire personnel decided he had used narcotics. He was taken to Conway Medical Center for more evaluation. He was admitted to the hospital for more observation and was charged with being under the influence of narcotics.

Armed robbery charged

A young Conway man went to the register at the Dollar General on Lees Landing Circle, put his hands into his pockets as if he had a gun, told an employee he needed to open his register, not make a scene and give him all of the money in the register, according to an Horry County police report.

The employee told the suspect that he needed to leave, but the suspect said he was homeless, starving and needed the money.

The employee said the suspect left without getting any money. The police report says the suspect left on a red and white dirt bike heading down Lees Landing Circle. The employee gave the policeman a picture of the suspect leaving the store.

Police looked for the suspect but didn’t find him; however, shortly after that an officer was called to a trespassing call. The officer connected the suspected trespasser to the armed robbery at the Dollar General because of the clothing he was wearing.

The police report says the suspect then told an officer that he went to the Dollar General where he put his hands into his pockets and demanded money. The police report says the suspect’s mother identified him as the person in the picture.

He was charged with armed robbery and taken to jail.

Wife charged with domestic violence

Five Conway policemen went to Grainger Road recently in response to a call about an alleged shooting, according to a Conway police report.

The officers reported that the male victim was safe and the woman who reportedly had done the shooting was locked in her residence.

Police set up a perimeter and made contact with the woman. When her brother showed up he went into the residence where he was able to talk with the suspect and get her to come out. The woman was taken to the police department for more questioning. A Conway judge signed a warrant for the woman for first-degree domestic violence.

Vehicle crimes

■ A Lees Landing resident called police this past week to report a theft of a Honda dirt bike from his house on the first of June, according to an Horry County police report.

The victim said he didn’t report the theft to law enforcement sooner because he thought he would have to report it on his homeowner’s insurance. He said he told his neighbors and posted something at the Dollar General. The four-wheeler is a 2005 Honda, valued at $3,500.

■ Horry County police took two reports of cars being broken into in the Conway area on recent days. One was on Eastfield Drive and one was on Trestle Way, according to Horry County police reports.

On Eastfield Drive, a resident told police that someone took his Remington 700 rifle with a Bushnell scope sling and synthetic black stock. It was in a hard case. The Horry County police report says neighbors believed someone was roaming the area that night going through vehicles.

Several days later, a county policeman says a resident of Trestle Way told him that there had been suspicious activity in his neighborhood.

At about 4:40 a.m. one morning this past week, a video camera mounted on the outside of a house showed a man attempting to open the doors of a Honda CRV and a Ford Thunderbird parked in a driveway.

The suspect was wearing a hoodie, sweatshirt and shorts to his knees. At the time the police report was written police had not been able to identify the suspect.

“Deer” girlfriend

An Andrews woman told Conway police that her son’s ex-girlfriend awakened him sometime after midnight on a recent morning asking if she could use the car. He told her “no” and went back to sleep, according to the Conway police report.

However, when he got up the next day he saw that the car, holding his clothes, shoes, medicine and handgun, was gone.

The policeman says he spoke with the Georgetown suspect who told him the owner’s son told her she could borrow the car, and she planned to return it.

She also told the policeman that while she had the car they hit a deer, causing minor damage to the front bumper.

In a supplemental report, a Conway policeman says after he spoke with the vehicle’s owner he determined that the car had been stolen so he listed it as stolen in a national crime computer.

Burglary reported

Police believe someone pried open the front door of Key Knife Inc. on U.S. 378 in Conway sometime over a recent night.

The Conway police report says many cabinets and doors were open when an employee arrived at 8 a.m. A tablet and medicine bag, holding a blood pressure monitor, diabetic monitor, pulse meter, diabetic testers and needles, was taken and prescription medicine was missing.

Shots fired

Conway police responded to a call of shots fired at a Conway residence at shortly before midnight on a recent night.

Police went to the residence and found two shell casings on the front porch and learned that there had been an altercation between a teenage girl and a man. The police report says no one at the house would cooperate or make any kind of statements.

Police say they took pictures at the scene and a video of the incident posted on Facebook live was recorded on the policeman’s body camera.

More vehicle crimes

■ A Myrtle Beach woman told police that her son parked his car in front of an enclosed trailer recently so no one could steal the trailer that had some expensive items inside. It was parked on U.S. 378 in front of Palmetto Speed Shop.

On a recent morning, the owner says he found that someone had broken the sunroof on the Honda accord, but nothing appeared to be missing from inside the vehicle.

■ A Conway woman parked at the Conway Recreation Center says she checked her vehicle at about 6 p.m. Friday and it was fine, but at shortly after 10 p.m. she found that someone had smashed her car’s window and had taken a bank deposit bag holding $400 in cash and business checks.

■ A Conway woman said she might have left her car unsecured when she parked at 810 Billiards & Bowling at about 11 p.m. Friday night and went in to play a game of pool. However, according to the Conway police report, she stayed for two games. When she returned to her car at about 2 a.m., she says, her Michael Kors wallet holding $460 in cash, a Social Security card and a Capital One credit card was missing, along with $100 that she had hidden inside a cotton candy container that she had for her daughter’s birthday party.

At 2 a.m., she got a call from her credit card company asking if she had used her card at Walmart Supercenter to buy $414 of merchandise. She had not.

She canceled her card and called police.

■ A resident of Sanctuary Boulevard called police Sunday at about noon after he realized that two semiautomatic handguns had been taken out of his car. He didn’t remember if he had locked it.

Someone had also taken a wallet that belonged to his teenage daughter from her car.

Inside the wallet was $300 in cash, a Victoria Secret express debit card, a CNB debit card and Tony Burch perfume.

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I'm the editor of the Horry Independent, a weekly newspaper in Conway, South Carolina. I cover city hall and courts, among many other subjects. Know of a good story? Call me at 843-488-7241.

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