NMB assault suspect

Derby C. Sykes of Bladenboro, North Carolina. Photo courtesy city of North Myrtle Beach

Police arrested a man accused of sexually assaulting a 16-year-old in North Myrtle Beach earlier this week.

Detectives with the North Myrtle Beach Department of Public Safety arrested 32-year-old Derby C. Sykes of Bladenboro, North Carolina, Friday afternoon, according to a news release.

Sykes has been charged with third-degree criminal sexual conduct and currently has no bond.

On Tuesday night, Sykes purportedly made contact with a 16-year-old female who was swimming at the beach near 4th Avenue North.

Sykes allegedly grabbed her and sexually assaulted her before fleeing south along the beach.

Detectives acquired an image of Sykes captured by a surveillance camera at a business.

While canvassing the area, detectives got a tip identifying Sykes as the suspect. The victim also positively identified Sykes as the suspect.

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