MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) – A man has been arrested and accused of punching a 71-year-old woman on the front porch of her house, sexually assaulting her, tying her up, pouring bleach on her, and stealing from her, according to police records.
On Thursday, August 18, Myrtle Beach Police officers responded to a home on 7th Avenue North for a report of an assault and home invasion, according to an affidavit.
The investigation revealed that the victim walked to her front porch to turn off her light when she was rushed by the suspect, later identified as 42-year-old Robert Lee Myers, Jr., armed with a knife.
Myers allegedly punched the woman and threatened to kill her. He then forced her inside the home and sexually assaulted her, the affidavit states.
The suspect then tied the woman up with electrical cords, demanded her property and went through her purse and wallet. He took $30 in cash from her, according to the police report.
Myers then untied the woman and poured bleach on her, demanding that she scrub her body with it, the affidavit states. He then reportedly took the woman's keys and went outside to search the vehicle for more belongings, at which point the woman was able to escape while naked and run to police officers in the area.
During the investigation, a pair of gloves was recovered from the victim's residence, which Myers had put on during the incident. The gloves had DNA that matched Myers, the affidavit states.
According to another report, Myers was arrested for an unrelated crime the night after the home invasion.
Rodney Martin said his girlfriend posted pictures of Myers on Facebook after he was arrested for breaking into his vehicle and stealing his belongings on Aug. 19.
Martin said he was unaware of what Myers had allegedly done the night before.
"We did not know about it. And with me being a local and watching things change over the years, it doesn't surprise me." Martin said. "I'm glad he's off the streets. and hopefully they give him what he deserves."
Myers was booked into jail and charged with kidnapping, burglary, first-degree criminal sexual conduct, assault and battery of a high and aggravated nature, armed robbery, and possession of a weapon during a violent crime.
As of Tuesday morning, Myers remained incarcerated at the J. Reuben Long Detention Center.
WMBF did reach out to the victim of the attack, but she declined to comment.