An Augusta man was stabbed near his stomach after he tried to break up a fight between a knife-wielding shopkeeper and a 15-year-old at a Hephzibah store Thursday night.
Richmond County Investigator Kendall Brown said the teen tried to steal a pack of donuts from the store about 10:55 p.m. and was confronted by the shopkeeper, who was cutting boxes with a knife.
The two began to fight and another man who was with the teen, 21-year-old Quinton Coayton, came behind the shopkeeper and tried to intervene, Investigator Brown said.
The shopkeeper then cut Mr. Coayton with the knife in his stomach, exposing his intestines. Authorities have charged the teen, whose name was not released, with simple battery and shoplifting charges, Investigator Tim Owen said.
They have not yet charged Mr. Coayton with any crime, saying the case was still under investigation. He was taken to the Medical College of Georgia Hospital and underwent surgery for his wounds. Investigator Brown said he was recovering this morning.
The shopkeeper was not charged, Investigator Owen said.