Police search for three men wanted in downtown assault

Published: Mar. 29, 2016 at 6:38 PM EDT|Updated: Mar. 29, 2016 at 8:28 PM EDT
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CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - Charleston police are asking for the public's help in locating three males believed to have been involved in an assault.

The assault took place on March 19 at approximately 2 a.m. in the area of King and Vanderhorst Streets, according to Charleston Police spokesman Charles Francis.

According to an incident report, the victim told police he saw an altercation involving several unknown pedestrians and decided to intervene. The victim, who officers described as "visibly intoxicated," said he remembered being punched several times by one or more of the males, but was "unable to provide any pertinent information about the what males other than they were donning plaid shirts," the report states.

The victim told police after the assault, he and the males separated temporarily, but as they approached again, he said he had a knife on his person "and may have brandished it," stating he was acting in self-defense. The victim told police the group of males then fled on foot in an unknown direction.

A witness corroborated the victim's account and supplied police with the photo of the males he had taken, the report states.

The victim was treated by a College of Charleston medic for a minor laceration on his left eye, but was verbally belligerent and refused to sign a waiver, the report states.

"While their exact identity is unknown, it is hoped that they might be identified based on their general appearance and clothing description," Francis said in a release.

Anyone able to identify the males should contact Investigator Wilson with the Charleston Police Department at (843) 720-3193.

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