Man stabbed near Market

Montoya

A 40-year-old man faces an assault charge in connection with a sidewalk stabbing that left a Navy man with his intestines hanging out near the Charleston City Market.

Charleston police were called to Molly Darcy’s pub, 235 East Bay St., at 2 a.m. Sunday. They found Thomas Disser, 22, of Goose Creek, lying on the sidewalk, yelling and holding his side.

He had been stabbed in the abdomen, leaving a 4-inch gash that caused his intestines to protrude from his body, police said. He lost a substantial amount of blood, but his wound was apparently not life-threatening, according to a police report.

Disser was rushed to Medical University Hospital for treatment. The hospital would not release information on his condition Tuesday. Disser’s Facebook page states that he recently completed studies at the Naval Nuclear Power Training Command.

Witnesses told police that Disser was unruly and intoxicated before the altercation, and was seen yelling and cursing at pedestrians.

Witnesses saw Disser grapple with another man and throw a punch. The man suddenly walked away from him, crossed the road, then sprinted off as Disser clutched his side in pain, a police report stated.

Police arrested Francis Xavier Montoya about a half-hour later at East Bay and Cumberland streets, police spokesman Charles Francis said. Witnesses identified him as the man they had seen running from the scene. Montoya is charged with assault and battery of a high and aggravated nature.