Attempted abduction reported at beach access

Myrtle Beach, SC - MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) - Myrtle Beach Police are investigating a report of someone trying to abduct a 4-year-old child at a beach access area on Friday.

According to MBPD Lt. Doug Furlong, the attempted abduction occurred around 12:45 p.m. The victim's older brother said the incident occurred at the access area at 53rd Avenue North.

The mother of the two was walking north bound with her third child when the victim ran off.  That's when she sent the older brother after her.

When the mother heard her son yelling "He's trying to take her," she picked up her younger son and ran to the beach where she saw a dark colored, late model sedan leaving the scene and the two children on the ground.

Furlong said the hotel manager of the Dunes Village Hotel called police to report the incident and said a black man with salt and pepper hair and a white tank top, tried to take the two children, a 4-year-old and 6-year-old.

A police report released Saturday said the older brother caught up to his sister and saw a man pulling her by the arm toward his car. That's when the boy said he kicked and scratched the suspect before the suspect ran to his car and drove away. Police are still looking for the suspect.

People who were using the beach access Friday afternoon said they couldn't believe something of this nature would happen in the area.

Kourtney Owens, who is visiting Myrtle Beach from Raleigh, NC, said she'll keep a closer watch on her children during the trip.

"It makes you feel unsafe," said Owens. "It definitely makes you think you need to be more aware. When you come to the beach, you think there's [going to] be other people who are family oriented, so you do have I guess like a false sense of security."

Eugene Voytenko is visiting from Portland, OR, and said he can't believe it happened in broad daylight.         
"That is the craziest thing," Voytenko explained. "It's just the middle of the day, people are relaxing midday, and somebody would try to do something like that, grab a kid in the middle of the day? That's really crazy. Why would you want to do that?"

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