Man accused of using box cutter knife in home robbery

NORTH CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - Authorities arrested a 45-year-old man accused of using a box cutter knife to rob a man at his home in North Charleston.

The North Charleston Police Department arrested Nathaniel Tyler with attempted armed robbery. On Friday evening, officers responded to a home on Dowling Street for an assault.

The 32-year-old victim said that he and Tyler were both riding the bus when Tyler began to speak to the victim. The victim said he asked Tyler if he knew him, and Tyler said that his name was Dee and they had met in jail.

Police say when the victim left the bus, Tyler told him that he would help him home with his bags. The victim said after he gave a glass of water to Tyler, he told Tyler that he was getting ready for bed and asked him to leave the home.

According to a police report, as they walked out of the home, Tyler asked the victim to give him money that he owed him for clothes that Tyler said he gave to him. The victim said that when he refused to give Tyler money, the suspect with his right hand in his pocket, demanded money again.

A police report states, as the victim walked away from Tyler, Tyler took out a box cutter knife and once again demanded money. The victim said he took out a pocket knife in self defense and called out for his roommate.

Investigators say when Tyler saw the roommate call for 911, he ran from the scene. Officers say they found Tyler on Dorchester Road with a box cutter style knife. The victim then identified Tyler as the one who attempted to rob him.

Tyler was locked up at the Charleston County Detention Center.

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