Man called racial slur, assaulted after offering help to elderly man

NORTH CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - One Samaritan's attempt to offer assistance to an elderly man turned into an altercation that led to the Samaritan being spit on, called a racial slur, and stabbed Saturday afternoon, a police report stated.

According to the report, 71-year-old Floyd Collinsworth of Charleston County was charged with first degree assault and battery after he spit on and then stabbed 46-year-old Alandis Murray.

The incident happened at the intersection of Magnolia and Radio roads shortly after 3 p.m. Saturday. According to the report, Murray spotted Collinsworth and got out of his vehicle to ask if he needed help. In response, Collinsworth got out of his truck, told Murray, "I don't need no help from no [racial slur]" and spit on him.

Murray told police he managed to push the elderly man to the ground before Collinsworth pulled a pocketknife and chased him, the report stated. Collinsworth stabbed Murray in the arm and in the stomach.

Police found Collinsworth lying on the ground with injuries to his hands and face, the report stated.

Murray was nearby covering his bleeding arm with a T-shirt. He was transported to the Medical University Hospital where he received between 25 and 30 stitches.

Medics treated Collinsworth for a cut to his hand.

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