Suspect in North Charleston bus stabbing arrested after victim reports spotting him

Joseph Harden

A suspect in a stabbing on a bus in North Charleston was arrested Saturday night after the victim told police he had spotted him at a fast food restaurant.

Joseph Hamilton Harden, 54, of Congress Street in Charleston was arrested about 10:30 p.m. Saturday night in Church’s Chicken at the corner of Rivers and Reynolds avenues, according to the incident report from North Charleston police. Harden is charged with attempted murder, possession of a weapon during the commission of a violent crime and public intoxication.

A 39-year-old Pineville man was wounded in the neck and back on a CARTA bus near Tanger Outlets around 7:30 p.m. Feb. 19. He was stabbed during a scuffle that started with him repeatedly asking a man sitting beside him to stop “putting (your) butt in my face,” according to an incident report. The victim told police 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.

The victim’s wounds were not considered life-threatening. Police released a surveillance image from the Charleston Area Regional Transportation Authority bus after the incident.

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.

Harden was being held in the Charleston County jail on Monday on $125,662.50 bail. His criminal record includes multiple previous arrests for public intoxication.

Reach Dave Munday at 843-937-5553.