A moment of impatience at a Greenacres convenience store led to a man being both stabbed and taken to jail Thursday morning, authorities said.
James C. Hanranhan, 49, of suburban West Palm Beach, was arrested on charge of aggravated battery. He was taken to the county jail after being treated for stab wounds sustained during the altercation, the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office said.
An arrest report does not indicate whether the man who stabbed Hanrahan will face charges. The altercation began at about 7:45 a.m. Thursday at the Cumberland Farms in the 4700 block of South Military Trail. Investigators say Hanrahan cut in front of a line of people who were waiting to make purchases.
A 39-year-old man objected and began to argue with Hanrahan, the sheriff’s office said. After the argument, Hanrahan allegedly followed the man out the store and attacked him from behind. The 39-year-old told investigators he retrieved his knife and swung it as Hanrahan tried to wrestle him to the ground. Hanrahan let go and the other man left the area and called 911, according to a sheriff’s arrest report.
Hanarahan was taken to St. Mary’s Medical Center, where he was later questioned by deputies. He reportedly told deputies he reacted when the other man yelled obscenities at him. He admitted to following the man, pushing him out the door and grabbing him from behind, the report said.
He was released from the Palm Beach County Jail Friday after posting $7,500 bail.