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Friendly chat on the beach turns into punch in the face, robbery

BEAUFORT COUNTY, SC (WCSC) - Investigators in Beaufort County say a friendly chat and drinks among two strangers turned into an assault and robbery.

Officials with the Beaufort County Sheriff's Office say the incident happened on the south end of Hilton Head Monday night.

At 8:45 p.m., deputies responded to the Coligny Beach access in reference to a robbery. The victim, a 46-year-old man, said he was sitting at the beach access when he was approached by a man who asked him for a beer.

The victim said he gave the man a beer, and the two men sat talking and drinking beer together for several minutes. According to the victim, the suspect suddenly punched him in the face, took his walled and left the area.

The sheriff's office says at the time of the incident, the victim appeared to be highly intoxicated and was reluctant to provide details. Deputies reported they searched the area and spoke with numerous people, but did not find any witnesses or the suspect.

Authorities are asking anyone with information to contact Crime Stoppers at 1-888-CRIME-SC.

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