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Marine stabbed at “Toys for Tots” event

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A reservist in the Marine Corps was stabbed on Friday while helping out at a “Toys for Tots” event near Augusta, Georgia. The marine was trying to stop a man who was suspected of shoplifting when he was injured.

Cpt. Phillip Duggan, 24, was injured with a single stab wound. He was treated at a local hospital and then released on the same day. According to a statement to the media from a colleague, he was doing fine.

Suspect attempted to conceal property

The suspect was seen grabbing items and trying to conceal them when employees of the store where the event was being held, Best Buy, confronted him. One employee began to struggle with the suspect and then the suspect pulled out a knife and began slashing in the air. The Best Buy employees quickly backed off and were prepared to let the man go.

Nearby several Marines, all dressed in their dress blue uniforms, were accepting toy donations for the Toys for Tots campaign. The annual holiday charity accepts toys for poor families during the Christmas season. The Marines heard the commotion inside and then saw the shoplifting suspect attempting to flee the store.

Duggan stepped in and tackled the suspect. The other Marines then also moved in to try and stop the suspect. The suspect then brandished the knife and stabbed Duggan in the middle of his back. The blade when close to his spine, but did not enter nor sever his spine.

Tracey Attaway, 39, is the shoplifting suspect who was eventually tackled and wrestled to the ground by the other Marines. Attaway is now in custody and has been charged with armed robbery, aggravated assault and possession of a knife during the commission of a crime.

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