Editor’s Note (Feb. 2017): Since the time of this article’s original publication in May 2014, all charges for Suvd Tsolmon and Wenqin Hu have since been made eligible for expungement because, according to court documents, neither individual was prosecuted for the charge.
On Monday May 12, just after 2:30 a.m. Myrtle Beach Police officers on foot patrol near 98 North Ocean Blvd noticed several people walk to beach, disrobe to their underwear and run into the ocean.
Officers identified themselves and asked the suspects to get out of the water and re-clothe themselves. Keith Rolles, Hu Wenqin, Tsolmon Suvd, Avy Ahmedia, and Mary Chris Satterthwaite all got out of the ocean and put their clothes on.
Police also noticed John Zimmerman and Michell Bower in the water still. Bower was reportedly totally nude and Zimmerman was wearing only boxers. Both parties were called to exit the water and were given the opportunity to clothe themselves.
Officers said while speaking with Zimmerman they smelled a strong odor of alcohol. He also reportedly had slurred speech, poor balance, and appeared “grossly” intoxicated.
Zimmerman and Rolles along with the female suspects were all detained and brought to J. Reuben Long Detention Center. They were charged with public nudity. Zimmerman was the only one who had posted bail as of Monday morning. All except Satterthwaite were from out of state.