MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WBTW) – A fight at Broadway at the Beach left one man temporarily unconscious as security guards shuffled away some of the men apparently responsible, according to a Myrtle Beach Police report.
The report said the fight broke out at 2:18 a.m. Monday in the area of Celebrity Square. Police classified the incident as a robbery after the man knocked unconscious did not want to press charges but did say his wallet was missing after the fight.
Officers who reviewed Broadway at the Beach surveillance video wrote in the report that a large crowd appeared “to be engaging in a verbal confrontation. Three Broadway at the Beach security guards are seen in the video watching the confrontation unfold.” At one point the robbery victim and another man “engage in a mutual fight.”
The report said two of the security officers then attempted to step in between the men. Then an apparent friend of one of the men hit the robbery victim in the head, knocking him to the ground.
The man who hit the victim in the head immediately ran away as the crowd moved toward the victim on the ground. The crowd then left the area, and the two men who hit the victim can be seen on surveillance video reuniting and engaging in “celebratory actions” according to the report. At that point, video shows two of the security guards “escort the suspects and crowd away from the area and out of camera view.”
The report goes on to say “at no point does any of the security officers on scene attempt to detain any of the parties involved. [The third security officer] does not engage any parties involved at any point and does not appear to help the victim in any way.”
After the fight, the 25-year-old victim was bleeding from the back of the head when he, a witness and two other males flagged down police, according to the police report.
The victim and the witness both told police the man who initially engaged with the victim asked the victim “are you a fighter?” The victim said he denied being a fighter but then the man commented about the victim’s “cauliflowered” ears. The victim said he eventually admitted to being a fighter, and the man then said, “Oh, you think you’re a tough guy?”
The victim and the witness told police the victim repeatedly said he did not want any trouble, but the man took a fighting stance and the victim took a similar stance. Then the fight began.
The victim said he did not remember the fight afterwards, but he noticed his wallet containing two credit cards and cash was missing.
Police have not named any suspects in the case.
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