Myrtle Beach police searching for man who tried to kidnap woman from Wal-Mart

Myrtle Beach police

Myrtle Beach police are asking for the public’s help identifying and locating a man who attempted to kidnap a woman from Wal-Mart.

A woman told police she was sitting in her car during her lunch break on Saturday around 11 p.m. when the suspect walked up to her car and asked for money, according to a police report. The 46-year-old victim was in the parking lot of the Wal-Mart at 541 Seaboard St.

The victim got out of her car and told the suspect she did not have money, but offered him her lunch and a bottle of water because he said he was hungry.

The suspect told the victim he had a gun in his pocket, though he didn’t present the gun at any time, police said.

The suspect grabbed the victim by her shoulders and started walking her toward the nearest ATM, according to the report. As they were walking through the parking lot, the suspect decided against going into the store and started walking the victim toward the woods.

The victim – who was still being held by the suspect – bumped into the car of a witness who was sleeping inside, police said. The witness started yelling at the suspect to get away from his car when the victim started screaming.

The victim started to run away from the suspect but he grabbed her and ripped her work vest, according to the report.

The male suspect is between 25 and 30 years old, 5-feet, 10-inches tall with short hair and no facial hair, police said. He was last seen wearing a dark jacket and jeans.

Two witnesses told police they saw the man with his arm around the victim and that she was screaming and trying to get away.

Anyone with information is asked to call police at 843-918-1382.