Man allegedly assaulted twice at Smith-Hazel
A man was allegedly assaulted twice at Smith-Hazel Recreation Center on Monday, according to the Aiken Department of Public Safety.
The incident was reported at the center on Kershaw Street at about 4:30 p.m. on Monday, according to a report.
The 22-year-old victim said he was jumped by a group of men at the center. He told officers he had a knife from home, and that when the group of guys pushed him, he fell on the knife, injuring his hand.
The victim said he carries the knife for protection but did not present it until he was attacked, the report stated.
He identified one of the suspects, a juvenile, at Smith-Hazel. The juvenile was arrested and charged with third-degree assault and battery and failure to comply after a short foot pursuit.
While officers were arresting the juvenile, another man claiming to be the juvenile’s brother approached them, but later left after being directed to by officers, police said.
Moments later, officers were called back to Smith-Hazel for a fight in progress.
A man allegedly entered the center and punched the victim from the first assault repeatedly, the report stated. The suspect couldn’t be located, but the mother of the juvenile from the previous assault was able to confirm that her older son was the person matching the description of the suspect who punched the victim in the second assault, police said.
Witnesses said the suspect entered Smith-Hazel and asked the victim if he called the police, according to the report. When the victim said yes, the suspect punched him, according to the report.
Other juveniles at Smith-Hazel said the victim was threatening other juveniles with the knife, police said. Officers saw a cellphone video that showed the victim coming across the yard near the center, swinging the knife at other unknown individuals, one of whom was believed to be the initial juvenile suspect, police said.
The report did not indicate if the second suspect had been arrested.
Teddy Kulmala covers the crime and courts beat for the Aiken Standard.
He has been with the newspaper since August 2012. He is a native of Williston and majored in communication studies at Clemson University.