2 charged after fight, stabbing in N. Charleston

Michal Sanders (Source: DCDC)
Michal Sanders (Source: DCDC)

NORTH CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - Two men were arrested Sunday after a fight and stabbing in North Charleston parking lot, police say.

North Charleston Police Department officers arrested 32-year-old Michal Sanders, of North Charleston, and 24-year-old Michael Accino, of Summerville, after a melee in a parking lot in the 9700 block of Ashley Phosphate Road around 4:30 p.m.

After several interviews with witnesses, police investigators determined Sanders and Accino attacked a 33-year-old man without cause.

According to a report, the victim was walking through the parking lot when Sanders and Accino were sitting in their vehicle. The report states the vehicle backed out of a parking space to leave when the victim "threw up his arms."

At that time, the victim said Sanders screamed at him, using profanity and a racial epithet, before getting out of the vehicle and trying to fight. The victim said Accino was able to talk Sanders into getting back in the vehicle, but moments later he got out and started to attack again.

The victim told police he used a small knife he was carrying to slash Sanders in the face. The victim also said during the struggle, Accino rolled on top of his knife and received a stab wound to his back.

The victim said he was hit at least four to five times in the head, causing one of his teeth to break.

Witnesses at the scene were able to verify the victim's account of what happened, and Sanders and Accino were taken into custody.

Sanders was taken to the Dorchester County Detention Center and Accino was taken to Medical University of South Carolina for treatment to his stab wounds.

Both men are charged with assault by a mob. The victim will not face charges.