Man responding to Backpage ad accused of stabbing two at motel, not charged during investigation

A man accused of stabbing a man and a woman Tuesday at a North Charleston motel has not been charged because one of the victims declined to press charges, according to police.

The investigation is ongoing, though, said North Charleston police spokesman Spencer Pryor.

Officers were called just after 5:30 a.m. to the Days Inn at 2998 W. Montague Ave., and found two people lying naked on the floor inside suffering from stab wounds that were not life-threatening, according to an incident report released Wednesday.

The suspect, identified in the report as a 26-year-old North Charleston man, left behind his pants, which contained his wallet, the report states. Two witnesses who went to check on the commotion in the motel room also saw the man exit the room and run away without any pants or underwear on. They chased him and caught him in a grassy area outside but then let him go to see what was going on in the motel room, the report states.

Officers eventually found the man hiding under a vehicle in the parking lot and arrested him, but he was not charged. What led to the assault is not yet known, but Pryor said the man went to the motel after responding to a backpage.com advertisement.

The two injured occupants told the officers somebody knocked at the door and when they opened it a man came in and stabbed them for no apparent reason, Pryor previously said. They were taken to a hospital for treatment.

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