Tuesday, November 12, 2013
John Arthur Thomas was arrested Nov. 5 and charged with attempted murder in regard to a stabbing at a bar in Cross on Nov. 4.
Berkeley County Sheriff’s Office deputies responded to the victim who was stabbed and taken to the Canal One Stop where a friend of the victim called 911. When deputies arrived they saw the victim lying on the floor in front of the counter, where an EMS worker was treating him with gauze.
The stabbing occurred at Monkey Shines Bar off Trojan Road at about 8:15 p.m.
Thomas reportedly stabbed the victim in the upper left shoulder with a hook-bladed knife, according to multiple witnesses, a BCSO incident report states.
The victim was transported to Cross High School and airlifted to the Medical University of South Carolina, according to a BCSO incident report.
The suspect’s roommate and the victim had been sitting at the bar with their backs to the door when Thomas entered the bar and left.
The suspect’s roommate received a text message from him saying if he returned blood would be shed, according to the report.
A few minutes later Thomas entered the bar, was angry, reached across the victim’s chest and grabbed him on the shoulder; the victim got away and went behind the pool table. The victim and a friend went outside and left, according to the report.
The suspect stayed for another 10 minutes before driving off toward Eutawville.
The bartender said she witnessed the stabbing. A deputy took photos of blood on the door and on the floor behind the pool table, according to the report.