Crime

Men charged in connection with recent reports of sexual assaults released on bond

Timothy Byers
Timothy Byers

Three men recently charged with reported sexual assaults were each released from the J. Reuben Long Detention Center on bond Tuesday, according to jail records.

Timothy Byers, 19, and Zyquabious Romarie Williams, 18, both of Rock Hill, were each charged Monday with third-degree criminal sexual conduct and were both released from the J. Reuben Detention Center on a $30,000 bond on Tuesday afternoon.

Eric Tyronne Hester, 24, of Burlington, N.C., was arrested and charged with first-degree criminal sexual conduct and kidnapping on Monday and was released from the J. Reuben Detention Center on a $60,000 bond Tuesday night, according to jail records.

Officers were called in the case authorities said involved Byers and Williams about 7 a.m. Sunday to the Ocean Plaza Motel at 1005 S. Ocean Blvd. where a victim, whose age was not listed in the report, told authorities she was sexually assaulted, police said.

Details of the assault were not available in the police report.

Hester was the second man arrested in connection with an alleged sexual assault that was reported May 26.

Myrtle Beach police were called about 4 a.m. May 26 to a hotel at 2401 S. Ocean Blvd. in reference to a sexual assault that allegedly occurred at a hotel at 3000 N. Ocean Blvd., authorities said.

The victim’s age was not listed in the police report and further details about the assault were also not available; however, jail records show Eric Tyronne Hester, 24, of Burlington, N.C., and Derek Christopher Stanford, 26, were arrested in connection with this case.

Stanford was charged with first-degree criminal sexual conduct and kidnapping, and his bond had not been set as of Wednesday morning. He remains at the J. Reuben Long Detention Center.

Police noted in the incident report that four other suspects were being sought in connection with the case, but no further information was available.

Contact ELIZABETH TOWNSEND at 626-0217 or on Twitter @TSN_etownsend.

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