NORTH CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - A North Charleston man is facing charges after police say he repeatedly struck his nephew with a machete during an argument over food.
On Wednesday night, North Charleston police responded to a home on Ottawa Avenue in reference to a physical disturbance. When officers arrived, they saw the 50-year-old victim standing in the front yard with a bloody towel wrapped around his left hand.
Police say when the victim removed the towel, officers saw a large cut to his left hand. Investigators also observed another cut to the victim's left forearm.
The victim told officers that his 56-year-old uncle, Keath Jordan, hit him with a machete. Jordan, who was still in the home, was arrested by police.
According to the victim, while he was preparing his lunch for work, Jordan asked for some food. Authorities say when the victim offered Jordan some food, the suspect started arguing with him.
An incident report states after Jordan started a physical altercation with the victim, the suspect went into a back bedroom and retrieved a black handled, rusty machete and swung at the victim several times, hitting the victim in the face, left shoulder, left forearm and left arm.
Investigators on scene observed blood on the living room floor, bathroom floor, kitchen floor and sink, on the kitchen table and laundry room floor. According to police, an officer saw a mop in the living room, and it appeared someone was trying to clean up the blood inside the home.
Authorities located the machete in a laundry room after Jordan revealed the location to officers. A police report states Jordan admitted to striking the victim with the machete.
Jordan claimed he was acting in self defense after the victim stabbed him in the hand with a knife which resulted in the suspect using the machete on the victim.
Emergency crews say they did not observe any cuts or marks on Jordan's hands or arms. EMS told investigators the victim would need stitches and may possibly need to see a hand specialist.
Jordan was granted a $225,000 bond on charges of attempted murder.
On Thursday, police officers stationed outside the nephew's home said they were there as a "precaution."