Man wanted in assault case

Tor Akil Gregory, 21, of 1368 Clearbrook St. in North Charleston is wanted of a charge of second-degree assault and battery after the Charleston Police Department said he hit a 51-year-old man with a piece of lumber Saturday, May 25, 2013, in downtown Charleston. (PROVIDED)

A 51-year-old Charleston man told authorities that an assailant three decades younger than him bashed his face with a piece of lumber as he walked outside a downtown church.

Tor Akil Gregory, 21, of 1368 Clearbrook St. in North Charleston’s Park Circle area is wanted on a charge of second-degree assault and battery, according to the Charleston Police Department.

Tyrone Sheppard of Athens Court told police that he was walking by Grace Tabernacle Church on Romney Street about 5:30 p.m. Saturday when he heard someone say his name. Sheppard turned and saw Gregory, he said, as well as three other men who were not named in an incident report.

Gregory swung a 2-by-4-inch piece of wood, which hit Sheppard near his left eyebrow, the report stated.

But at the time, Sheppard was drunk and didn’t cooperate with the officers trying to figure out what had happened, the report stated. At Medical University Hospital, the gash above his eye needed six staples.

Sheppard called the police about 3 p.m. Sunday and identified Gregory as his assailant.

The report does not indicate any motivation for the attack, and it does not specify how the two know each other.

Both the suspect and the alleged victim have arrest histories.

Sheppard has convictions in Charleston County for resisting arrest, shoplifting and burglary, according to court records. He also has faced a charge of possessing crack cocaine with intent to distribute, but the count was dropped.

Gregory has been jailed several times.

He was arrested in August 2008 on a charge of criminal domestic violence of a high and aggravated nature. The count was dismissed after a grand jury failed to indict him.

A charge of possessing cocaine base from February 2009 remains pending.

In April 2012, he was arrested on a charge of failing to stop for blue lights, but he pleaded guilty to a lesser count, records show. A reckless driving charge also was dismissed.

Gregory was described as 5-foot-6 and 145 pounds.

Anyone with information about his whereabouts should call Crime Stoppers at 554-1111 or the police at 577-7434.

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