Bond was set at $75,000 Sunday for the 71-year-old man accused of hitting a S.C. guardsman with his vehicle and leaving the scene.
Charles Kauffman will be subject to house arrest when he makes bond, Magistrate Ethel Brewer said. He faces charges of attempted murder and committing illegal acts during a state of emergency, according to the Richland County Sheriff’s Department.
Kauffman was leaving Harvest Hope Food Bank Friday after a volunteer shift there when he allegedly hit guardsman Robert Kuenzli with his vehicle and left the scene. Kuenzli was directing traffic outside Harvest Hope.
Kauffman’s lawyer, Sheri Lydon, said at a brief hearing at the Alvin S. Glenn Detention Center that her client is sorry for what happened and has apologized to Kuenzli.
Lydon said, “I would like to thank Guardsman Kuenzli for the understanding and compassion he showed my client during the hearing. He is the victim, yet he extended much grace.”
Kuenzli, 68, who is from the Irmo area, suffered non-life threatening injuries in the incident, officials said. He attended Sunday’s hearing and did not object to the bond.
Lydon said Kauffman is on medication, after suffering two strokes in recent months.
“We ask for patience and understanding as we sort these things out in coming weeks,” she said.
Kuenzli, who also serves as a School Resource Officer for the Richland County Sheriffs Department in Richland School District 5, will attend a news conference addressing the incident with Richland County Sheriff Leon Lott on Monday.