Columbia police investigate attempted robbery after crash

Tuesday, December 3, 2013 | 10:01 p.m. CST; updated 10:54 p.m. CST, Tuesday, December 3, 2013

COLUMBIA — A car accident sparked an attempted-robbery investigation Tuesday after Columbia police learned that one of the drivers had a stab wound to his thigh.

Officers were dispatched to an accident at Providence Road and Mick Deaver Memorial Drive at 3:58 p.m. Tuesday, according to a news release from Columbia Police Department spokeswoman Latisha Stroer. During the accident investigation, the driver's injury was discovered, and he was transported to an emergency room.

The driver reported that he was the victim of an attempted robbery Monday night after leaving the Arena Liquor store at 3101 S. Providence at 11 p.m., according to the release.

The driver said he was walking south toward Green Meadows Road when a man approached him and asked him for money. When he refused, he was stabbed in the thigh, according to the release. Nothing was stolen.

The driver did not report the attempted robbery at the time, and he did not think his injury was serious, according to the release. The Tuesday car accident reopened the wound.

According to the release, the would-be robber is a 5-foot-10-inch black man, about 40 years old and weighing about 180 pounds, with 4- to 5-inch dreadlocks.

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