Aiken man faces attempted murder charge in gas station stabbing incident
An Aiken man was charged Monday in connection to the stabbing of a 24-year-old Florida man at a New Ellenton gas station last month.
Tony William Glanton Jr., 26, is charged with attempted murder and possession of a weapon during the commission of a violent crime, according to jail records.
On Sept. 25, Aiken County Sheriff’s Office deputies responded to an area hospital to speak with the victim, who was suffering from a stab wound behind his right ear, according to the report.
The victim told investigators he, along with two other individuals, had driven to the Hot Spot on Main Street South in New Ellenton around 6:45 p.m., the report states.
Upon arrival to the gas station, the victim claimed the suspect almost struck his vehicle, which led to a verbal altercation between the two in the parking lot, according to the report.
During the altercation, the victim said the suspect pushed him, and he retaliated by striking the suspect with a closed fist, the report states.
The suspect then went to his vehicle, grabbed a knife and started walking toward the victim; the victim told police he had attempted to run, but the suspect tripped him and they started fighting on the ground, the report states.
While the two men were fighting on the ground, the suspect was able to stab the victim one time behind his right ear with the knife, causing a laceration, according to the report.
The victim said the suspect then got back into his vehicle to leave; the victim said he also got back into his car and attempted to chase the suspect, but was unable to keep up because he was low on fuel, police reported.
Investigators spoke with two witnesses who were with the victim and the cashier at the Hot Spot. The cashier told deputies they knew the suspect and gave them his name, police reported.
Glanton was arrested Monday and taken to the Aiken County detention center. He was released Tuesday morning on a $15,000 bond, according to the detention center.