MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) – Several witnesses reported to Myrtle Beach Police that an intoxicated man who was making sexually-offensive and racist comments to passers-by was beaten by a group of over a dozen young men.
At about 10 p.m. on Thursday, April 17, a Myrtle Beach Police officer responded to a beachwear store in the 1100 block of Ocean Boulevard to find an assault victim unresponsive and on the sidewalk, according to the police report. There was a very large crowd around the victim, who was unconscious and had several abrasions to his face and hand. Medic units arrived shortly after.
A witness told officers that the assault victim had been standing in front of the beachwear store and was very intoxicated. The witness said the man was using sexually-offensive comments towards the women walking by, and was also using racial epithets.
Two young men began arguing with the victim. They soon left, only to return with between 15 and 20 friends, according to several witness accounts given in the police report. One suspect punched the victim in the head, knocking him down, while another repeatedly kicked him. Others in the group may have been involved, the report states, before the group ran off to the north.
One suspect was described as a black male wearing glasses and a blue button-up shirt, possibly plaid or flannel. Another witness was described as a black male in a black shirt.