MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) - Myrtle Beach Police Officers responded to Flagg Street Friday approximately 7:55 p.m., in reference to reports of a woman who was palmed in the face and had her purse stolen.
Officers spoke to the victim who said her and the suspect were walking down the road discussing where to eat dinner and talk about their recent separation.
The victim said the suspect was drunk and didn't want anything to do with dinner and just wanted cash from her. She did not want to give the suspect cash because she didn't want to contribute to his drunkenness. The suspect then tried to take the victims purse from her and the victim struggled to keep the purse from him, according to reports.
The suspect then popped the offender in the forehead with the palm of his hand, the two then continued to struggle for the purse. The suspect then palmed the victim in the nose, the victim let go of her purse and the suspect took the purse and ran.
The victim chased after the suspect screaming for someone to call police. The victim continued to scream at the suspect to bring back her stuff, but the offender hid in the abandoned Rainbow Court building off Flagg Street. Officers than arrived on scene.
Police said the purse with the victims belongings have not been recovered at this time.
Police identified the suspect as Lucas Lilly James, according to reports.