Police: No tips received so far in Folly Beach beating

Folly Beach police continue search for clues in assault

FOLLY BEACH, SC (WCSC) - Folly Beach police say are frustrated with a lack of cooperation from witnesses as they continue the search for the man who viciously beat a woman early Saturday morning.

Folly Beach Public Safety Director Andrew Gilreath says his department believes there are witnesses who have information about the man responsible.

Authorities say the assault happened around 2 a.m. in the area of East Arctic Avenue and sent the victim, Michelle Runde, to the hospital with serious injuries.

"I have a concussion and I have memory loss," Runde said Monday afternoon.

Runde says it all started when a man made advances toward her. She says he put his arms around her.

"Then he put his arm around me even more and liked groped me I guess."

Police say Runde's boyfriend and the other man started fighting and she apparently tried to break it up.

That's when she was attacked.

"They told me I was punched in the face, then picked up and my face was slammed on to the ground," Runde said.

The next thing she knew, Runde was in intensive care at MUSC.

"There was a breathing tube down my throat and I started signing for my mom because I couldn't talk. I'm lucky I woke up."

Charges were dropped against a man who was originally arrested in connection with the assault. Police say that man was picked out of a photo lineup but they say he did not commit the crime.

Investigators say they have some good leads on another suspect.

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