Police: Rock Hill woman stabbed trying to defend friend

jmcfadden@heraldonline.comApril 8, 2013 

— A Rock Hill woman who told police she tried to defend a friend against a knife-wielding man wound up in the hospital early Saturday when the man allegedly stabbed her in the thigh and cut her wrist.

Police charged John Frazier Pratt, 48, of 260 Bynum Ave., with assault and battery of a high and aggravated nature, according to a Rock Hill Police report. He is held at the York County Detention Center on a bond of more than $25,000.

At about 3:20 a.m., officers went to a Reynolds Street house, where they found Tiki Marquez, 57, standing out front with stab wounds to her left thigh and left wrist, the report states. Police spoke with a man, 25, who said he, Marquez, another woman who lives in the home and Pratt had been drinking when Pratt asked the homeowner if he could spend the night at her house.

When the woman refused, Pratt became angry and started making threats, the report states. The 25-year-old man told police he and Pratt began to fight, during which Pratt pulled out a switchblade and tried to cut the man.

Marquez told police she tried to stop Pratt from threatening the other woman, the report states. As the group left the house, still arguing, Marquez said she felt a sharp pain in her thigh and realized she had been stabbed, the report states.

Police found Pratt at his house and arrested him.

Pratt told police the other three attacked him for no reason, the report states. He said as he tried to flee into his car, Marquez pulled him out of the driver’s seat, causing him to fall on top of her.

That’s how Marquez received the wounds, Pratt told officers. Police charged Pratt because of the potentially life-threatening injuries Marquez suffered.

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