Five Points bar stabbing was "ambush," police say - - Columbia, South Carolina

Five Points bar stabbing was "ambush," police say

Barry Hale (Source: Alvin S. Glenn Detention Center) Barry Hale (Source: Alvin S. Glenn Detention Center)

Columbia Police have charged a 19-year-old with two separate counts of assault and weapons possession after they say he hid inside a Five Points bar after hours and stabbed an employee.

Police say Barry Hunter was hiding at Sharky's Bar long after it had closed when he ambushed two employees who were helping close the bar.  Investigators described it as an "ambush."

According to the police report, Hunter vandalized a window on the upper floor of the bar, and when an employee went upstairs to investigate, the employee was attacked with a serrated kitchen knife taken from behind the bar. The knife caught the employee in the pants and did not cause a wound.

The police report says a second employee was slashed in the stomach as he went up the stairs.  After the stabbing, police say Hunter jumped out of the broken window and landed on a ledge about 10-feet below. Once he jumped to the ground, police say several people detained him until officers arrived.

The victim was treated at Palmetto Health Richland.

The police report says the incident was caught on surveillance video inside the bar.

Hunter has been charged with first and second degree assault and possession of a weapon in the commission of a violent crime.  The police report says officers found a fake ID in his wallet, which Hunter admitted he possessed.

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