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Horry County Police File Additional Charges Filed on Suspect from St. James Incident

On September 10, 2013 in Public Safety

Conway, South Carolina-Additional Charges have been filed against a seventeen year old suspect in connection with the incident that occurred at St. James High School yesterday.   On September 9, 2013 at approximately 6:20am, Officers with the Horry County Police Department’s South Precinct responded to St. James High School in reference to a fire that occurred at the front entrance of the school.  Upon their arrival, they observed fire damage on the brick and frame of the school.  They also observed burned remnants of American flags on the ground.  Entry was not made into the school by the suspect and the damage was isolated to the front of the school.   The School Resource Officer of St. James High School arrived at the school and began to review the videos of the school. Officers observed on the video that approximately 10 minutes prior to the fire being started, the suspect is tying the outside cafeteria door handles on the opposite side of the building together with a rope, as if trying to prevent people from leaving through those doors.  This caused concern for law enforcement and the Horry County Bomb Squad was called to the scene as a precaution.   The Horry County Bomb Squad did respond to the scene and conducted a sweep of the school.  Nothing suspicious was found as a result of the search.  Detectives with the Horry County police Department’s Bomb/Arson and Major Crimes Units responded to the scene and took over the investigation.  Detectives began receiving information that ultimately resulted in the identity of a suspect.   At approximately 1:00pm, members of the Horry County SWAT Team responded to a home on Indigo Creek Blvd. to apprehend the suspect.  He was taken into custody without incident.   During the fire incident, the suspect was seen on video carrying a pistol and had what appeared to be a machete on his hip.  The pistol was later determined to be an air pistol.   In addition to yesterday’s incident, the suspect has also been linked to a series of American Flag thefts that occurred in Indigo Creek Subdivision last month.     

Arrested: Nicholas Ryan Newell (17 YOA W/M) DOB: 12-21-95.  He resides in the Murrells Inlet section of Horry County.  He is currently in custody at the J. Reuben Long Detention Center. Charges: Arson 3rd Degree, Disturbing Schools, Carrying a weapon on School Property, Malicious Damage to Real Property, Petty Larceny