Two incidents reportedly escalated into use-of-force episodes in Myrtle Beach on Saturday.
Police were called to Broadway at the Beach by security officers, who said they pepper-sprayed a “disorderly” crowd that had started fighting around 12:30 a.m., according to an investigation report.
One security guard, who is listed as a victim in the report, told police that she was pushed to the ground by a man in the crowd after she “ran over to assist other security guards.” Multiple security guards, including the victim, began using their pepper spray after a fight started in the group, the report stated.
Surveillance footage showed the group walking toward the parking lot when a couple of people inside the crowd started to fight and then stopped, according to the report. The fight had ended when security surrounded the crowd and started spraying, police said.
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The victim sprayed a man and his girlfriend in the back as they were walking away before the man turned around and pushed her, according to the report.
The man, identified as 23-year-old Jeziel Gonzales-Cervantes was arrested and charged with simple assault.
The second incident - involving different suspects - occurred nearly 16 hours later at the Red Roof Inn on South Kings Highway.
Myrtle Beach police were called to the hotel for a disturbance involving a “half-naked woman” around 4 p.m. Witnesses told police that the woman was wearing nothing but a bikini top and that a man dragged her back to a room where she was “screaming and causing a disturbance,” according to an investigation report.
An officer said he asked the woman to keep it down since there were young children in the room and others had complained, but the reportedly inebriated woman kept shouting profanities. As police were taking the woman into custody for disorderly conduct, the woman’s brother and another man from the room continued to follow and attempted to get to the woman despite several warnings and objections from officers, the report stated.
An officer said he decided to detain the brother for interfering, but the man resisted. As a crowd of onlookers was forming, the officer deployed his Taser on the brother “before a physical altercation took place in the hallway,” according to the report.
EMS was called to the scene to check on the brother. The other man was also arrested for interfering as police said he continued to try to get to the woman.
Cecila Berrios-Hernandez, 24, was cited for disorderly conduct. Alexis Isaias Berrios-Hernandez, 26, and Jorge Alberto Perez, 26, were cited for interfering.