CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - A 50-year-old man is behind bars after police say he stabbed a man who had asked him for a cigarette outside a soup kitchen in downtown Charleston.
The Charleston Police Department charged Reynold Anthony Seabrook with second-degree assault and battery by mob.
Seabrook's arrest stems from an incident Saturday night when police officers responded to 529 Meeting Street in reference to a stabbing. When officers arrived they found a 31-year-old man bleeding, and multiple people pointing at two people wrestling on the ground.
Witnesses on scene then pointed to one of the people wrestling and told officers that the man had stabbed the victim. Officers detained Seabrook and located a knife near the suspect.
According to witnesses, it all started when Seabrook was standing in line at a food line for the homeless, when the victim asked him for a cigarette. A police report states Seabrook became enraged for unknown reasons and said,"Why the (expletive) would you ask me for a cigarette" and continued to yell at the victim.
Witnesses say Seabrook left and returned holding a knife. The victim then attempted to walk away several times as Seabrook continued to yell and be aggressive towards the victim.
Authorities say Seabrook then stabbed the victim on his forearm, and when the victim stood up, Seabrook stabbed him again on his arm. Several people nearby then disarmed Seabrook.
Multiple witnesses told police that Seabrook had been in multiple arguments, causing trouble and fights before the stabbing occurred.