Man attacked with construction tool

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By Chris Sardelli

Deputies are searching for a man who allegedly attacked a coworker with a metal construction tool during a fight earlier this month.

The victim, a 45-year-old Charlotte man, was bleeding from a head wound when deputies found him at a construction site in the Bailes Ridge subdivision at 5:40 p.m. Feb. 7, according to a Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office incident report. 

The construction site is just off Fort Mill Highway (S.C. 160) in Indian Land. 

A witness at the scene told deputies two of his coworkers had gotten into a fight, which ended with the attack. 

The witness recalled the two men arguing just moments before they began punching each other. 

Several construction workers pulled the men apart, though the attacker then ran up to the victim and struck him in the head three times with a tool called a nut driver, the report said. The tool is used to tighten nuts and bolts. 

A supervisor at the construction site sent the attacker home and then called 911.

Deputies spoke with the supervisor, who witnessed the attack and saw the victim fall to the ground. 

Using a translator, deputies spoke with the victim, who said he had been talking to his coworkers about a movie, though the attacker thought they were talking about him.

“(The victim) stated that (the attacker) pulled out a tool from his pocket and hit him with it, causing him to bleed from his head,” a deputy wrote in the report.

Deputies collected the metal tool as evidence. 

Lancaster County EMS was called to the scene and took the victim to a Pineville, N.C., hospital, due to extent of his injuries, the report said. 

Investigators were called to the scene and spoke with several witnesses. 

It was unknown Friday, Feb. 14, if anyone has been charged or arrested in the case. The victim’s condition was also unknown. 


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