Police seek man in North Augusta carjacking

Police are searching for a man who allegedly stole a man’s car after stabbing him outside of a store in Breckenridge Plaza on Tuesday morning, according to the North Augusta Department of Public Safety.

The incident happened at about 9:20 a.m. at the AutoZone located in the plaza, according to a statement from Lt. Tim Thornton.

The 49-year-old victim told officers that while he was in the parking lot of the store, a man approached him and asked for a cigarette and then struck the victim in the head, according to the statement. The suspect then tried to cut the victim with an unknown object, suspected to be a knife, police said.

The suspect then fled the scene in the victim’s black 2006 Suzuki Forenza in an unknown direction of travel.

The victim was taken to Aiken Regional Medical Centers for further medical attention for non-life threatening injuries, police said. The incident still is under investigation by North Augusta Public Safety.

Teddy Kulmala covers the crime beat for the Aiken Standard and has been with the newspaper since August 2012. He is a native of Williston and majored in communication studies at Clemson University.