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Little River man stabbed during argument about pool game

A 54-year-old Little River man remains jailed Monday on an attempted murder charge in connection with an argument that resulted in a 57-year-old being stabbed several times, according to a police report.

Thomas Mitchell Wilkins, 54, of Little River, is charged with attempted murder and being held at J. Reuben Long Detention Center without bail, according to jail records. He was booked into the jail at 12:25 a.m. Sunday after the incident, which occurred about 11 p.m. Saturday.

The 57-year-old man told police that he got into a fight with Wilkins over a pool game and he was told to leave Jay’s Bar and Grill located at 1537 U.S. 17, according to the report. The man said he walked to another nearby bar and Wilkins followed him and started fighting with him again.

The man said Wilkins attacked him and stabbed him several times before some friends broke up the fight and the man’s son took him for treatment to Sea Coast Medical Center, which is where police found the man to interview him. Officers noted the man had stab wound on his shoulder and cuts to his lip.

Wilkins told police the other man attacked him and they fell to the ground and he used his pocket knife to stab him to get the man off him, according to the report. Police seized the knife.