Police: Man charged with attempted murder after domestic incident at Upstate Waffle House

Anthony Kirby (Source: Spartanburg County Detention Center)

Officials with Spartanburg Police Department said a man has been charged with attempted murder after a domestic disturbance incident on Thursday.

Police said they responded to the Waffle House on Garner Road in Spartanburg on Thursday in reference to a domestic disturbance with a weapon.

According to an official incident report, the victim told police she'd been sitting in her car smoking a cigarette when the suspect, identified as 40-year-old Anthony Ray Kirby of Spartanburg, slapped her in the face. She said she looked up and saw Kirby standing on the side of her vehicle behind the driver's window, and he then pulled out a pocket knife and tried to stab her in the stomach.

The victim said she was cut twice on her left hand while trying to keep Kirby from stabbing her.

Police said the victim was able to get the attention of a coworker inside the Waffle House, and Kirby then left the scene in a dark-colored SUV. EMS was called, but the victim denied any treatment.

Police said the coworker the victim told them she was inside the Waffle House when she noticed lots of movement outside the restaurant and saw Kirby reach inside a vehicle and take something.

That coworker told police when she went outside to check on the victim, she saw the victim had blood on her arm and was screaming for her to call the police.

That's when the coworker went back inside the Waffle House and called 911.

Police said a warrant was issued for assault and attempted murder on Kirby.

The Spartanburg County Detention Center website listed Kirby as charged with attempted murder.

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