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How a fight over a beach ball at a Myrtle Beach hotel ended with an adult in handcuffs

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Must have been a good beach ball.

A 30-year-old found herself in hot water after she allegedly pushed another person into a hotel pool in a dispute over a beach ball.

Myrtle Beach police charged Kristen Nichole Roberts with simple assault in the incident.

Officers went to the Compass Cove Oceanfront Resort, 2311 South Ocean Boulevard, for a disturbance around 1:30 p.m. Monday. Hotel security said two families were arguing on the pool deck, according to a police report.

Officers spoke with Roberts, who said her children were playing with other kids in the pool when an argument over the beach ball started, according to the report. Roberts went to another adult and asked for the ball back so the children would stop arguing. The man said the ball was not theirs and became confrontational.

A short time later, the man’s 34-year-old wife arrived and began to argue with Roberts about the children, Roberts told officers. Roberts said she got angry and pushed the woman into the pool, according to the report.

The victim told police she tried to talk to Roberts about the situation and Roberts got angry and pushed her into the pool. Video surveillance showed Roberts getting out of her pool chair and shoving the victim into the pool, according to the report.

The victim did not have any injuries but said she wanted to press charges.

Alex Lang is the True Crime reporter for The Sun News covering the legal system and how crime impacts local residents. He says letting residents know if they are safe is a vital role of a newspaper. Alex has covered crime in Detroit, Iowa, New York City, West Virginia and now Horry County.

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