North Charleston bus stabbing started with request to move rear end, police say

This man is wanted in connection with a weekend stabbing on a bus in North Charleston.

A stabbing on a CARTA bus Saturday night started with the eventual victim repeatedly asking a man sitting beside him to stop “putting (your) butt in my face,” according to an incident report from North Charleston police.

It occurred around 7:30 p.m. at Tanger Outlet Boulevard near Centre Pointe Drive. The victim, a 39-year-old Pineville man, was treated for wounds to his neck and back that were not considered life-threatening. No arrests have been made, and no suspects have been identified.

Police on Monday released a surveillance image of a suspect from the Charleston Area Regional Transportation Authority bus.

The victim said that after he told the passenger to move, the man spit on him and then stabbed him in front of his 6-year-old son.

Four other passengers were on the bus at the time. They told officers that the attacker appeared to be intoxicated and ran toward the Tanger Outlets mall after the stabbing. He was described as black, bald and about 5-foot-10, and he was wearing blue jeans and a long-sleeve button-up shirt.

Anyone with information is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 843-554-1111.

Reach Dave Munday at 843-937-5553.