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2 Myrtle Beach armed robberies may be connected

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Robbery victim suffered a black eye and cut nose after attack on 18th Avenue North and Withers Drive. Robbery victim suffered a black eye and cut nose after attack on 18th Avenue North and Withers Drive.

MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) - The Myrtle Beach Police Department is busy trying to find the suspects in two separate armed robberies that occurred early Thursday morning.

Police say the first crime happened around 2:30 a.m. at the intersection of 18th Avenue North and Withers Drive, a block off Ocean Boulevard. The Carolina Tar Heel Motel is located at the address police responded to.

There were three victims in total of the first robbery and one of the male victims, Ronnie Munns, received a black eye and a bloody nose from being kicked in the face during the attack. Munns told police that everything happened so quickly but he believed there were four people in the car that approached. 

"I thought maybe they were just looking for a hotel because usually that's what people ask you for, and when I walked up to the truck and asked them what they wanted, the guy in the back seat stuck a gun out the window and asked if I want to get shot," Munns said.

Police were able to return another victim, Doug Roberts' wallet to him after they discovered it on 28th Avenue. Robert's said the incident makes him fearful of the neighborhood he has always believed was safe.

"He said, 'I kill you right here' and the next thing I know, someone come from behind the truck, back behind the truck and hit my buddy in the back of the head. He fell to the ground. The time before that happened, I was still on the sidewalk [when] dude pulled a gun behind my neck and he said 'if you move, I blow your head off'," Roberts said.

Captain Knipes with MBPD says it is highly likely that this crime is connected to the second armed robbery call to which units responded.

The second robbery call came in less than 40 minutes later. Police responded to the intersection of 67th Ave and North Kings Highway. It is not clear at this time if the second reported robbery was of an individual or a business.

Suspect descriptions have not yet been released in these two crimes. Victims in both robberies reported the vehicle involved was a green truck, possibly a Chevy model.

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