Hanahan couple tased, arrested after alleged Thanksgiving attack

James Everett Tolbert, left, and Elise Reese. (Source: Berkeley County Detention Center)
James Everett Tolbert, left, and Elise Reese. (Source: Berkeley County Detention Center)

HANAHAN, SC (WCSC) - A Hanahan couple is still in jail Monday after police say they got into a violent altercation with another man on Thanksgiving and had to be tased. Police officers witnesses the alleged Thanksgiving attack and were ready to fire on one of the suspect before he finally surrendered.

Hanahan police charged 48-year-old James Everett Tolbert, of Columbia, with attempted murder and charged his girlfriend, 49-year-old Elise Reese, with second degree assault and battery. Tolbert is in jail on a $25,000 bond and Reese is being held on a $5,000 bond.

Officers responded to 1006 Waring Road at 11:10 p.m. on Nov. 24 in reference to a disturbance. Reese called 911 and allegedly told the dispatcher that if officers didn't get there, they "would need to send the Coroner."

Officers arrived on scene to find Tolbert and Reese yelling in the middle of the street. The couple told police they were upset at a third person, the victim.

According to police, a few minutes later the victim came out of a nearby trailer and Reese grabbed an iron rake and swung at him, but missed. Tolbert and Reese jumped on the victim and the officers tased both suspects.

At that point, Reese stopped fighting, but Tolbert continued, telling the victim, "I am going to kill you." Officers then witnessed Tolbert try to stab the victim.

One of the officers then drew his gun and warned Tolbert to drop the knife. The suspect got off the victim, but didn't drop the knife. A police report states that the officer was ready to shoot, but could not because Reese and an elderly woman were in the line of fire.

After several verbal commands, Tolbert dropped the knife. He was arrested and charged with attempted murder.

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