Myrtle Beach Terrorism Threat Thwarted By Myrtle Beach Crime Unit
On January 5th, Myrtle Beach police officials received an anonymous letter threatening to detonate explosives at key locations throughout the city if certain demands were not met.
According to Lt. Joey Crosby, the Myrtle Beach Police Department was given the letter detailing those key locations and the mailer’s demands. Myrtle Beach police were able to lift a clear fingerprint from that letter.
MBPD’s Crime Scene Unit matched the fingerprint to that of Robert Harris, 44. Harris had previously been arrested on charges of kidnapping, attempted murder and carjacking.
The police unit was actually able to find Harris at the J Reuben Long detention center where he was already in custody. He had been at J. Reuben Long Detention Center since his previous arrest.
Over this past weekend, Harris was transferred to the Myrtle Beach Police Department where he was charged with possession or use of a weapon of mass destruction in the furtherance of an act of terrorism.
Myrtle Beach police determined the explosives never actually existed. They also determined Harris had no connections to any ties with known terrorist groups. MBPD have not yet released the demands made by Harris.
The threat was determined not to rise to the level for calling in any Federal government agencies or Homeland Security.