WEST ASHLEY, SC (WCSC) - Investigators say a man who was riding a moped down a Lowcountry trail punched a woman and cut a man with a knife after he was told he was not allowed to ride the vehicle on the trial.
The Charleston Police Department charged 41-year-old Spencer Jermaine German with second-degree assault and battery and third-degree assault and battery. He was given a $26,087 bond on Tuesday.
Around 4 p.m. on Monday, a woman who was running on the West Ashley Greenway encountered a man who was riding a red and black moped on the trail.
She told the moped driver, identified as Spencer German, that vehicles were not allowed on the trail.
A police report states German told the woman,"Shut the **** up, *****!" and punched the woman in the face.
A man who was driving an SUV was approaching the intersection of Culberston and Campbell streets and saw the assault.
The man said he immediately got out of his vehicle and approached German who lost control of his moped and fell off of it
A police report states German than began to fumble around his waist and suddenly pulled out a knife and began to take "multiple lashes" with the knife at the man.
According to police, the man was struck several times with the knife, and suffered several minor cuts on his hands and forearms.
After the assault, police say German got back onto his moped and headed north on Campbell Drive which is a dead end road.
A report states the man cut by German got back into his SUV and followed German.
"At this time, the two vehicles swevered into each other and the moped collided into the bumper of the vehicle, causing minor damage," the Charleston PD report stated.
After the crash, authorities reported that German fled from the moped and into the wooded area of the Greenway trail towards Coburg Road.
A description of the suspect was then broadcasted to responding officers, and he was eventually located by a Charleston County deputy.
For people who typically walk on the Greenway they said Monday's encounter was anything but normal.
"That's crazy, disturbing," Taylor Duvall said.
"A little shocking to be honest with you," Kyle Stuckey said.
One woman said she was on the Greenway with her 2-year-old when the assaults happened.
The woman, who doesn't want to be identified, said police had told her to be on the lookout for the man, and just moments later she says she spotted him.
"Right when we turned around I saw the guy in the black hoodie and red shorts crawling out of the construction site," she said.
The woman said she knew it was who police were looking for.
She said when a cyclist came by, she told him to get the police.
"He was literally ten feet to my left, so he went and got the cops and they all sort of descended on him," the woman said.
Charleston police, the Charleston County Sheriff's Office, EMS, and fire crews responded to the area.