UPDATE:  Police arrested a Longs man who has been charged in connection with a reported sexual assault by a masked suspect May 6 near a hotel in North Myrtle Beach, according to a news release.

On May 10, detectives with the North Myrtle Beach Public Safety Department arrested Jeremy Donnie Clark in connection with the alleged incident.

He faces charges of kidnapping, first degree criminal sexual conduct and possession of a firearm during the commission of a violent crime. He pled not guilty before a municipal judge, according to the release.

A woman said she was walking on the sidewalk in front of the Wyndham hotel at 403 South Ocean Blvd. when a black male wearing a ski mask grabbed her and pulled her into an alley, according to a police report. 

The victim said the male held a gun to her head and made her perform a sex act, the report said.

She said she was unable to see the suspect’s face because of the mask and described him as a heavyset male of medium height believed to be in his late 20s. 

She said that when a witness walked by and saw what was happening, the suspect grabbed the victim's phone and threw it to the side before running away.

The witness told police he was walking on the sidewalk in front of the hotel when he saw a couple “in the bushes” and heard the female yell she was being sexually assaulted, according to the report.

The witness said the suspect stated, “I’m not touching her” and let go of the female before leaving the scene, the report said.

"Clark was a motor equipment operator for the City of North Myrtle Beach, about two months into a six-month probationary period required of employees in new positions," the release said.

Officials said Clark was to be notified of his termination on Monday.

Detectives started focusing on an unidentified suspect after reviewing hours of

surveillance footage from a series of cameras located at area businesses, the release said.

An intelligence bulletin was developed and shared with other law enforcement agencies, the media and the public that solicited help in locating the suspect.

Initial images of the suspect were blurred but detectives acquired clearer images from cameras on May 9 and shared them.

On May 10, the Horry County Police Department provided North Myrtle Beach detectives with an anonymous tip the agency received from a member of the public.

That tip and additional detective work led to the identification and arrest of Clark, the release said.

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