Updated: Police arrest 19-year-old after stabbing inside Five Points bar

August 27, 2013 

— A 19-year-old has been arrested after he allegedly stabbed a Five Points bar employee and then jumped out of a second story window.

Barry Hunter Hale has been charged with attempted murder, first-degree assault and second-degree assault, according to booking information at the Alvin S. Glenn Detention Center. Hale is being held on a $100,000 surety bond.

Hale allegedly used a fake ID to get inside Sharky’s Bar on the 600 block of Harden Street and then hid after closing, said interim Columbia police chief Ruben Santiago. The bar has internal video surveillance cameras and employees could see the teen was still inside.

When employees confronted the teen, he allegedly grabbed a serrated kitchen knife and attacked employees before smashing an upstairs window and jumping out. Hale landed on the bar’s awning and then slid onto the sidewalk where a police officer was waiting, Santiago said.

One employee was taken to a hospital for treatment of an abdominal wound, according to a police department press release. Another employee’s clothes were torn.

Hale is a sophomore at the University of South Carolina where he is majoring in biochemical engineering. He has been suspended, said Wes Hickman, a university spokesman.

This was the second stabbing incident this summer in Five Points.

In July, the owner and a bouncer at Group Therapy were punched and stabbed by a group that attacked them after being kicked out of the bar earlier in the evening.

Reach Phillips at (803) 771-8307.

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