Man arrested after attack with hammer in West Ashley restaurant, police say

Michael Rashard Moore

A 29-year-old man was arrested Wednesday by Charleston police after they say he used a hammer to assault another man in a West Ashley restaurant.

Michael Rashard Moore, whose address was not released, is charged with attempted murder and second-degree assault and battery by mob. He is being held at the Charleston County jail.

Officers responded just after 9:40 p.m. Friday to Bon Secours St. Francis Hospital, where the man who was attacked showed up, according to a police report. The 32-year-old West Ashley man was bleeding from a wound on the back of his head and had a large cut under his right eye.

“I was mugged,” the report states he told the officer. “Some dude just came up and hit me with a hammer.”

He told the officer he was having a hard time remembering exactly what happened but was at Ko Cha Korean Restaurant on Mary Ader Street picking up food to take home, the report states. The man said he ordered his food and sat down to wait, which is when he saw Moore walk in with a hammer and a knife.

The man said Moore approached him and struck him in the back of the head with the hammer, according to the report. He fell to the ground, where he was allegedly struck multiple times in the back. Moore fled the area, the report states.

The man who was struck then went home and the woman he was living with took him to the hospital, the report states. Police noted in the report that the man didn’t have any cash in his wallet, but that he wasn’t sure if he had any prior to the attack.

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