He told them he hustled these streets and demanded they pay him $50; when they said, “no,” the two young men told police the hustler pulled out a gun.
The robbery was reported to Myrtle Beach police in the first few minutes of Sunday morning.
A suspect was detained on 14th Avenue South a short time later.
The men told officers they first spotted the suspect at the corner of 15th Avenue South and Kings Highway when they stopped by the Kangaroo Express to purchase cigarettes. As they started walking back to their hotel on 14th Avenue South, the men said he approached them on a red bike.
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The suspect told them “he hustles the streets to get by” and asked them to give him $50, according to an incident report. One of them told police he refused and they continued walking.
“At this time, the offender pulls out a black handgun and points it at the victims and states that he needs $50 and to give him the money,” the report stated.
The men told police they gave him the money and the hustler rode away eastbound on 14th Avenue South towards Ocean Boulevard. The men said they followed the suspect and told police they saw him turn southbound on Ocean Boulevard.
Police noted they stopped the alleged robber traveling east on 14th Avenue South a short time later and detained him for questioning.
The suspect has not yet been charged. The incident remains under investigation.