Myrtle Beach police make arrests in prostitution sting

troot@thesunnews.comSeptember 24, 2013 

This story has been corrected to reflect charges against Ryan Allan Sykes, who was not charged with prostitution according to Myrtle Beach Police Capt. David Knipes.

MYRTLE BEACH - Myrtle Beach police arrested four people in a prostitution sting in the city, according to authorities.

According to arrest reports on the incidents, one of the arrested men also was charged after a 20-year-old woman reported Monday that she had been assaulted after he was arrested in the prostitution bust.

Donald Christopher James, 20, of Bishopville was arrested at 4:33 p.m. Monday and charged with first-offense prostitution, according to an arrest report. That report did not include details about why James, who appeared dressed as a woman in his mugshot, was arrested.

Police said Kenyetta Shanice Coleman, 33, of Myrtle Beach was arrested later Monday near First Avenue and Kings Highway and charged with loitering for purposes of prostitution, according to an arrest report. Officers said Coleman flagged down and got into an undercover vehicle with an officer working undercover.

Coleman asked the officer if he was a police officer, then she asked to be dropped off at the corner, according to the report.

Minutes later at 8:55 p.m. Monday, police took Lauren Chae Snakenberg, 25, of Myrtle Beach into custody in the area of Third Avenue North and Chester Street and charged her with loitering for purposes of prostitution, according to the report. An officer reported that Snakenberg was seen flagging vehicles down in an area known for prostitution-related crimes.

The officer wrote in his report that Snakenberg got into his undercover vehicle and agreed to perform a sexual act for an undetermined amount of money, according to the report.

It was also reported that police took Ryan Allan Sykes, 19, of Shell Point, N.C., into custody in the area of Third Avenue North and Chester Street and charged him with loitering for purposes of prostitution. That report was later rebuffed by Capt. David Knipes of the Myrtle Beach Police Department.

About two hours after that incident, at 11:05 p.m., police took Sykes into custody again on a charge of criminal domestic violence, according to a police report. Also taken into custody at the same time was Britteny Elizabeth Thomas, 20, of Holden Beach, N.C., who was charged with criminal domestic violence.

Thomas called police to 210 77th Ave. N., for a disturbance and told police that she and Sykes were in the Jacuzzi when they argued, according to the report. Thomas said Sykes slapped her and she pushed him.

Officers noted Thomas did not have any signs of injury, but Sykes had signs of bruising on his chest and stomach, according to the report. Sykes told police he “called her out on some things” and she slapped him.

Officers were unable to determine the primary aggressor in the case, so they took them both to jail, according to the report.

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