Pool player charged with stabbing man at Fort Mill bar

jmcfadden@heraldonline.comMarch 20, 2014 

Richard Allen Morris

— A Charlotte man is accused of stabbing another man at a Fort Mill bar after asking the victim and his friends to quiet down because he had money at stake in a game of pool this week, deputies say.

At about 10 p.m. Monday, deputies were sent to the Drunken Goat on Rubin Center Drive after they were alerted to a fight in which a man had been using a knife, according to a York County Sheriff’s report. When deputies arrived, they found blood covering the bar’s floor. The victim, Jake Chismar, 26, of Hollywood, Fla., suffered cuts on his neck, right and left hands and chest.

Chismar told deputies he and his friends were playing pool when a man, playing pool at the table beside them, asked them to be quiet because he bet money on his game, the report states. Because they were all drunk, a fight erupted, deputies reported, and the man pulled out a knife and cut Chismar several times. The man left the bar, before deputies canvassed the area in search of his car. They found a pocket knife behind an ATM machine and learned the suspect had been staying at hotels on Carowinds Boulevard.

Police found the car, a white Ford F150 pickup truck, parked at the Clarion Hotel, but did not find the owner. Deputies later spotted the pickup truck moving in the hotel’s parking lot and stopped it. The driver told deputies his name is Richard Allen Morris, and he said he knew he was stopped because he stabbed someone, the report states.

Morris, 45, told deputies that three men jumped him in the bar and he took out his knife in self-defense. He was unable to give authorities any more information about the three men who allegedly attacked him. He did suffer a cut on the side of his left eye and complained of shoulder and rib pain. Deputies took him to Piedmont Medical Center in Rock Hill, where he was treated and released before being taken to jail.

Morris was being held Wednesday at the York County Detention Center, where he was charged with attempted murder and held without bond.

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