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MBPD: Victim fights off home invasion suspect by biting, scratching, screaming

Robert Mobley, source: Myrtle Beach Police Department Robert Mobley, source: Myrtle Beach Police Department

MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) - A man accused of kidnapping and sexual assault during a home invasion at a Myrtle Beach apartment Wednesday was caught and faces serious charges, according to the Myrtle Beach Police Department.

Police say neighbors at an apartment complex in the 6200 block of Blynn Drive called 911 Wednesday shortly after 1 a.m., when a woman ran outside her unit screaming. The woman, the victim in the case, told police a man attacked her.

The victim said it started when the man, eventually identified as 29-year-old Robert Mobley, knocked on her door at about 1 a.m. She said she had seen him at the complex before but didn't know him. He asked her if her boyfriend was home, and she told Mobley she lives alone.

Mobley asked to use her phone because he said his mother was having a stroke, and she said he could. He then asked her to come inside multiple times, and she told him no because it was late and she did not know him. Mobley said he was sick and cold and walked inside anyway, and started dialing numbers.

Mobley then asked if he could use the restroom and on his way out; he thanked her and walked toward her door. Instead of leaving her apartment, he slammed the front door shut and grabbed the victim from behind the neck, putting her in a choke hold. The victim said Mobley told her to be quiet and not to scream. 

The victim said she fought Mobley, biting and scratching him before screaming at the top of her lungs. She was able to get outside where she said Mobley followed, but he ran away when neighbors heard her screaming and came outside.

A witness who also lives in the complex said a man matching the suspect description had knocked on her door before the victims', and asked for help, but she told him no. Shortly after, she heard the victim screaming. She recognized the man, and pointed police in the direction of the unit he hangs around.

Police were able to identify Mobley and found him later. He is facing charges for sexual assault with intent to commit criminal sexual conduct, kidnapping and burglary.

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