2 more arrested in Five Points stabbing

dprice@thestate.comJuly 30, 2013 

Two more people have been charged in a weekend stabbing at a Five Points bar, according to Columbia police.

Benjamin Geno, 30, and Jason Skaggs, 34, both turned themselves in to police Tuesday after they were spotted on surveillance footage before the owner and an employee of Group Therapy were stabbed and assaulted at about 1 a.m. Sunday. The men are charged with two counts each of second-degree assault and battery by mob.

The two men, along with Stewart Ard, 38, and an unidentified fourth suspect, are accused of assaulting the bar owner after they were kicked out of the Greene Street bar that night. The men returned to the bar and attacked a club bouncer. Geno is accused of punching the employee in the face before he was stabbed by Ard, who had a knife. He also punched the owner, who was also stabbed, police say.

Police have said the victims’ wounds were not life threatening

After the attacks, the men quickly left the area, according to the department. Ard, who was charged Monday with battery by mob and two counts each of first- and second-degree assault, also is accused of trying to stab two other men who followed the group to their car.

Ard has a criminal record dating to 1993. His most recent convictions were in 2005 for assault and battery of a high and aggravated nature and armed robbery, according to the State Law Enforcement Division. He is being held at Alvin S. Glenn Detention on $400,000 bond. Geno and Skaggs are also detained at the jail on $75,000 and $150,000 bonds, respectively.

The fourth suspect has been questioned by police, according to the department, but is not being charged at this time based on evidence from the case.

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