Police: Suspect in ‘Scream’ mask who robbed gas station identified

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MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) – Myrtle Beach police have identified the suspect wanted for robbing a convenience store on Monday while wearing a “Scream” mask.

According to information from Myrtle Beach Police Capt. Joey Crosby, Brandon Lee Alston is wanted for armed robbery, first-degree assault and battery, kidnapping, possession of a weapon and lottery fraud. He is considered armed and dangerous.

The suspect is accused of hitting a gas station clerk in the face with a pistol and robbing him early Saturday morning, according to a Myrtle Beach Police Department report.

At about 3:30 a.m. Saturday, officers responded to an armed robbery call at a gas station in the 1100 block of 3rd Avenue South, the report states.

The clerk told police the suspect jumped over the counter, hit him below the left eye with a pistol, and demanded money from the register. There was about $48 in the register, according to the police report. The suspect also requested lottery tickets and the clerk’s cell phone, to prevent him from calling police.

The suspect then told the clerk to remain on the floor, and threatened to shoot him if he did not abide, the report states. The suspect then left the store and fled towards the back of the building.

According to the report, the responding officer found white gloves behind the store and a piece of paper with the suspect’s shoe print.

Anyone with information as to the suspect’s whereabouts is asked to call the Myrtle Beach Police Department at (843) 918-1382 and reference case No. 17-025175.

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