Father, son jailed after Horry County bomb squad destroys device on S.C. 544

The Sun NewsFebruary 15, 2014 

Doug Brewer Johnson

— Horry County police charged two Conway men after an explosive device was found on one of them while he walked along S.C. 544 Thursday evening, according to a police report.

Kevin Richard Johnson, 22, of Myrtle Beach, is charged with simple possession of marijuana unlawful use of a telephone, unlawful carrying of a pistol and possession, manufacturing, or transport of a destructive device or explosive parts for damage, injury or death after his arrest Thursday.

He was being held at J. Reuben Long Detention Center on Friday.

His father, Doug Johnson, 47, is charged with possession of an explosive device and possession of a sawed-off shotgun, said Lt. Robert Kegler of Horry County police.

Officers were called at 5:45 p.m. Thursday to a home on Bradford Circle for a reported domestic violence incident, police said.

Doug Johnson told police that he received a voicemail earlier in the day from his son who threatened to shoot him. The elder Johnson said when he arrived home he noted two revolvers were missing, according to the report.

A 37-year-old woman also reported she received a telephone call from Kevin Johnson ordering her to stay away until after 6:30 p.m.

Police found Kevin Johnson later Thursday walking along S.C. 544 at Jeremy Loop and stopped him. The officer found a revolver in his coat pocket; Kevin Johnson said he did not have a concealed weapons permit.

The officer said he told Kevin Johnson he was under arrest and during a search the officer found a tube of marijuana and a small metallic object in Johnson’s front vest pocket, according to the report. Johnson told the officer it was an explosive device that he had made and that he had others at his home.

The officer moved Kevin Johnson away from the device and the Horry County police bomb squad was called, which rendered the device safe, according to the report. Officers also went to Johnson’s home and secured that scene as well

The Horry County Bomb Squad went to the home on Bradford Circle where nine additional devices were found, and Doug Johnson was arrested, Kegler said.

Police closed S.C. 544 to traffic near S.C. 31 for about 45 minutes during the incident, Kegler said.


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