ROCK HILL — One man was hospitalized and another arrested Monday after a stabbing in Rock Hill.
William Conrad Craig Jr., 29, of Rock Hill was visiting a home on Burgis Creek Road around 8 p.m. when he got into an argument with Donald Bowers, 33, about feeding a starving dog, according to a York County Sheriff's Office report.
Bowers grabbed a kitchen steak knife and charged at Craig, who hit Bowers in the mouth in self-defense, the report states.
Bowers then chased him into the street and stabbed Craig several times, according to the report.
Craig fled to a nearby home and asked the neighbors for help.
Police arrived to find Craig "extremely upset and crying" with a large cut on his forearm. He couldn't move his right hand. He wasn't wearing a shirt or shoes, the report states. Investigators said he reeked of alcohol.
Craig was taken to Carolinas Medical Center in Charlotte. He was later released, but will require surgery in the near future.
Deputies noticed several areas of blood on the road, and followed a trail to Bowers' house, where they found a car with four slashed tires in the driveway.
Bowers was intoxicated and had blood stains on his pants and a cut on his hand, between his thumb and finger, police say. He denied an altercation with Craig, and said the blood was from holding a dog. Police checked the dog and didn't find any open wounds or blood on the animal.
Bowers "refused to cooperate" and told deputies he suffers from dementia and epilepsy, the report states. He was arrested and charged with attempted murder and malicious injury to personal property.