Police: Fight between cousins leads to stabbing

Earl Lamar Campbell

MOUNT PLEASANT — Police arrested two cousins early Wednesday after one of them was stabbed during a fight at a Park West restaurant.

Officers responded to the Dog and Duck restaurant about 1 a.m. and found Earl Lamar Campbell, 30, of Seewee Road in Awendaw standing in the parking lot with a stab wound to his right arm, according to a Mount Pleasant police incident report.

Campbell's cousin, 30-year-old Antonio Simmons of Derries Lane in Awendaw, was also on scene. Simmons and a bartender said Campbell became upset during a dispute with the bartender and then turned his anger on Simmons as he tried to calm him down.

When Simmons told Campbell to get his own ride home, he said Campbell punched him several times. Simmons told police he chased Campbell over a wall, at which point Campbell pulled a knife. Simmons said Campbell was stabbed during a fight over the knife.

Campbell told police Simmons pulled the knife and was the aggressor in the incident, which was not supported by other witness statements, according to the report.

Officers arrested and charged both Campbell and Simmons with assault and battery in the first degree. Campbell was charged based on his threatening, punching and swinging a knife at Simmons, according to the report.