Cops: Man attempts to fight officer after assaulting clerk, woman

WEST ASHLEY, SC (WCSC) - A West Ashley man is accused of attempting to fight a North Charleston police officer after he allegedly attacked a clerk and a woman at a convenience store.

The North Charleston Police Department charged 52-year-old Peter Jenkins with strong armed robbery and second-degree assault and battery by mob.

On Sunday morning, a police officer responded to the Tiger Mart on Rivers Avenue in reference to an assault. When the officer arrived, several bystanders began pointing to Jenkins. The officer also saw a 41-year-old woman who was bleeding from her head.

Police say when the officer attempted to make contact with the suspect, Jenkins ignored the officer and attempted to walk away.

The officer reported that as he attempted to put his hands on Jenkins, the suspect pushed him off and took a fighting stance.

An incident report states the officer then grabbed the suspect by the arm and began walking him over to his patrol car. Police say Jenkins continued to resist by pulling away from the officer.

Following a brief struggle, the officer said he was able to handcuff Jenkins after other officers arrived on scene. Investigators say Jenkins then began yelling at the 41-year-old woman that he was going to kill her.

Authorities say it all started when Jenkins entered the Tiger Mart, grabbed a beer and opened it. When a clerk confronted Jenkins, police say Jenkins threw the beer at the clerk and began throwing punches at him while telling the clerk he was going to kill him.

The clerk said after he grabbed a bat, Jenkins ran out of the store and began to assault a woman. The woman said Jenkins began hitting her on the head with an umbrella which caused her to fall down. A police report states Jenkins continued to hit the woman with the umbrella as she was on the ground.

The woman told police that the attack was unprovoked, and Jenkins had been following her and harassing all weekend.

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