Woman assaulted and robbed outside Ocean Boulevard hotel

A woman was dragged by her hair at her Ocean Boulevard hotel, choked until she couldn’t breathe, and thrown on the ground before a man robbed her of cash and her cellphone, according to police report.

Myrtle Beach officers were called about 12:20 a.m. Monday to a hotel at 1811 S. Ocean Blvd. where a 39-year-old woman reported the incident, police said.

The victim told authorities she was walking down the steps on the ocean side of the hotel when she was approached by the suspect, who told her someone they both knew stole money from him, according to the report.

She told the suspect she didn’t know how to get a hold of the person who allegedly took his money and tried to walk past him, but he wouldn’t let her by, police said.

Once she made it down the steps, the suspect grabbed her by her hair and dragged her to a nearby post, the victim said. The suspect then grabbed her by the throat with both hands and choked her until she couldn’t breathe, according to the report.

The suspect then took one hand off her neck and threw her to the ground, and the victim said once she was on the ground, the suspect took $57 and cellphone and ran toward the beach, police said.

A witness told police she heard the victim and suspect arguing. She said she saw the victim trying to get into a car, but the suspect grabbed her by the wrist and pulled her away from the car, police said.

The suspect was holding the victim down on the ground, and the witness said the suspect ran away when a woman came out and yelled at him, according to the report.

The victim had marks on her neck and scratches on her hands, police said.

Police noted in the report that the investigation is ongoing.

Elizabeth Townsend: 843-626-0217, @TSN_etownsend