Police respond after witnesses say group punched, kicked man to the ground

Myrtle Beach police found a man lying in the middle of the street near Sixth Avenue South and Ocean Boulevard after the man was allegedly assaulted by a small group of people, authorities said.

Officers were called about 3:05 a.m. Friday to the intersection of Sixth Avenue South and Ocean Boulevard where they found an 18-year-old man had been assaulted, according to a police report.

Witnesses told police that the suspect and people in his group, which consisted of two to three people, were “hitting on” and “flirting” with women in the victim’s group, and an argument broke out between the two parties, according to the report.

The witnesses told police that the victim and his friends tried to get away from the suspect and his group, but they followed him and his friends, authorities said.

Police said the altercation became physical when the suspect punched the victim, which knocked him to the ground. The suspect and his friends then began kicking the victim while he was down, authorities said.

The victim’s friends intervened and the suspect and his group ran from the area, police said.

The victim was treated by EMS and taken to Grand Strand Regional Medical Center for evaluation, and police noted the victim may have suffered a concussion, according to the report.

No arrests had been made in connection with the incident as of Saturday morning.

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