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Victims describe downtown Greenville stabbing, credit officers' actions

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Greenville stabbing victims in hospital (Photo provided) Greenville stabbing victims in hospital (Photo provided)
Greenville stabbing victims in hospital (Photo provided) Greenville stabbing victims in hospital (Photo provided)
GREENVILLE, SC (FOX Carolina) -

Jordan Mann, 22, was working in Greenville along with two friends last week when a night on the town turned violent.

Mann said the trio went out Saturday in downtown Greenville after working all day to relax. What happened outside Sharkey's Pub, none of them expected.

"I was just showing people my music and I went to show this guy my music,” described Mann.

According to Mann, he approached Eric Roth once Saturday night outside of the bar and Roth told him to leave. According to Man,n a short time later he approached Roth again this time next to his father, Russell, to apologize.

According to Mann, Russell Roth pushed him and he pushed back. That's when Mann's friend, Joseph Stephens, stepped in and the attack began.

"I was trying to protect my friend,” said Stephens, “He just like stabbed me and the blood was just everywhere."

Mann said, "In the nick of a second, his dad was on top of me. He's pressing his hands into my chest."

Mann, Stephens and their friend were all stabbed multiple times in the chest and torso, according to investigations.

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Officer Nate Phillips was one of five extra Greenville officers assigned to downtown on the night of the aggravated assault. He was one of the first responding officers to the scene.

"We had a lot of people on top of us and we needed to render aid,” Phillips said.

Most Greenville officers carry a basic medical kit. The SWAT team has their own special medical supply kit. There’s select number of officers who were just trained with a new kit, which were all on hand that evening.

The new kit contains items like chest seal and gauze, which police said were vital in the response.

"If we wouldn't have had them, it may have turned a different way,” Phillips said.

Mann said he is forever grateful to the first responders that acted quickly in saving him and his friends.

"I couldn't express my thanks enough because the last time I saw my friends they were dying on the ground,” Mann said.

Both Eric and Russell Roth are out on bond and charged with three counts of attempted murder.

A GoFundMe was set up for the men’s medical bills.

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