MBPD: Woman says man tried to sexually assault her at Broadway at the Beach

MBPD: Woman says man tried to sexually assault her at Broadway at the Beach

MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) - Myrtle Beach police reported a woman was the victim of a sex offense at Broadway at the Beach just after midnight Wednesday.

Police responded at 12:30 a.m., where the victim said a man tried to sexually assault her outside of the guest services building.

She described the suspect as having a stocky build, said he was using abusive language. The victim said her attacker was clean-shaven, had short hair, was wearing jeans, a tee shirt, and spoke Spanish. She said he had been drinking.

"In the summertime you're used to hearing the music and seeing people coming and going all over the place, but with not as much traffic there's a lot of opportunity for things to happen," Abbe Boldoc with King's Taxi said.

Taxi drivers frequent Broadway at the Beach and say, they see it all.

In a search on the police database, WMBF News found reports for about 10 incidents in the last month which include theft, DUI, and disorderly conduct.

In October, an attack at Broadway at the Beach resulted in the death of 25-year-old Justin Bradley Hodges.

Boldoc said some instances are unavoidable with the mix of tourists, locals and people of all ages.

"You get a lot of mix of personalities," Boldoc said. "I think it's kind of a recipe for something to happen."

She believes more could be done to assure safety on site.

"When the bars close I think they need to get that place as lit up as possible, so the cameras can do their jobs, and security could probably do a better job knowing that they can see whats going on," she said.

Myrtle Beach Police said they make rounds at Broadway at the Beach, so officers are visible, but the property is privately owned and has its own security.

Nobody was available at the security office on site, for comment.

"Burroughs & Chapin Company, Inc. hosts more than 14 million visitors each year at Broadway at the Beach. We make every effort to maintain Broadway at the Beach as a safe place for everyone to come and have fun. It is a well-lit complex with a well-trained security force on duty, but no one can possibly anticipate when incidents may occur," Burroughs and Chapin Spokesperson, Lei Gainer said in a statement.

Police said they were investigating the incident.

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