Cops: Man stabbed twice over cell phone argument

NORTH CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - North Charleston police say they have arrested a 51-year-old man who confessed to stabbing another man twice after the victim tried to retrieve his cell phone from the suspect's apartment.

Douglas Keith Svette was arrested Tuesday night and charged with attempted murder.

According to an incident report, police were called out to an apartment located at 5020 Rivers Avenue on Tuesday, April 9 around 10:30 p.m. in reference to a stabbing.

Police say they arrived to find the victim sitting in a stairwell with Svette and another witness. Svette attempted to walk away when police arrived, but was quickly detained after the victim and witness named him as the suspect.

The report states Svette originally denied stabbing the 29-year-old victim, but later said he stabbed him after the victim threw him down the stairs and choked him because of an argument over a cell phone.

Svette said he stabbed the victim once in the stomach and once in the left side.

The victim and witness both told police they were all drinking heavily before the incident. When the victim went to Svette's room to retrieve his cell phone, an argument took place.

The report states the two moved the fight into the parking lot where Svette pulled out a knife and stabbed the victim.

Police say Svette admitted to throwing the knife over a fence into a nearby property. It was later recovered.

The victim was taken to MUSC for his wounds, and Svette was transported to the Charleston County Detention Center.