Three injured in altercation over stolen pants, police say

By By staff reports
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Charleston Police are investigating a “domestic disturbance” at this home on Charleston’s West Side Friday afternoon.

Charleston Police are investigating a family altercation at 1205 6th St. on Charleston’s West Side Friday afternoon that sent three people to the hospital with non-life threatening injuries.

“A pair of pants was apparently stolen by one of the family members,” Lt. Steve Cooper of the Charleston Police Department said. “During the altercation, [Kenny Miller] attacked two of the victims with a baseball bat.”

Miller will be charged with two counts of malicious wounding when released from CAMC General Hospital, Cooper said.

Miller allegedly beat his sister, Becky Ratcliff, and her fiance, Jeremy Saunders, with a baseball bat before Saunders reached for a knife and stabbed Miller.

“Saunders stabbed him to get him to stop beating him with the baseball bat,” Cooper said. “As this point, the stabbing appears to be self defense.”

No charges are being filed against Saunders, Cooper said. The investigation is on-going he added.

“There was a pretty large disturbance I think,” Cooper said.

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