Man accused of stabbing 4 outside grocery store has violent past

WEST ASHLEY, SC (WCSC) - The man accused of stabbing four people outside a West Ashley grocery store over the weekend has several prior conviction tying him to violent crime.

According to court documents, a verbal disagreement led 29-year-old Joshua Nix to pull out a "military style knife" and stab four people in the parking lot of a West Ashley Piggly Wiggly on Saturday night.

According to a background check with the State Law Enforcement Division, Nix was convicted of assault and battery of a high and aggravated nature in Feb. 2002 and July 2008. He was also convicted of simple assault in July 2009 and malicious injury to personal property in July 2011.

On Saturday, Nix was arrested and charged with two counts of attempted murder, two counts of assault and battery 2nd degree and possession of a deadly weapon during a violent crime.

Nix received a $240,000 surety bond on all five charges. 

Court records say Nix got into an argument with a man outside the grocery store just before 10 p.m. At the height of the argument, Nix pulled out a knife he had in his pocket and started swinging.

The affidavit states, three people tried to break up the advance but were cut by the knife wielding man. One victim received a cut on his forehead and another a cut on his head while trying to fend off Nix.

A woman who stepped in front of Nix to protect her boyfriend was cut across her neck.

The affidavit says Nix then went after the victim who he started arguing with. After a short chase, Nix stabbed him in the side, puncturing his lung.

After getting witness statements, Police tracked Nix to the Motel 6 across the street on Savannah Highway. Nix was arrested after being identified by witnesses at the scene.

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