Mount Pleasant estate agent with case charged with stabbing man with screwdriver | News


DANIEL ISLAND — A Charleston-area real estate agent with a lengthy criminal record has been arrested for stabbing a man with a screwdriver outside a gas station.

Christopher Patrick Best, 38, was charged May 1 with one count of attempted murder.

Officers responded around 11:15 a.m. Sunday at the Exxon gas station at 860 Island Park Drive on Daniel Island to a reported stabbing. They found an unidentified 36-year-old man in the parking lot with blood on his shirt, holding a bloody towel to his face.

The man had a “significant” gash on the left side of his face and was taken to hospital, according to an incident report.

Officers found four potential witnesses at the scene, one of whom is the victim’s current girlfriend and Best’s ex-girlfriend, according to the report.

The victim and his girlfriend told officers they had arrived at the Exxon to inflate their car’s tires. The woman, who lives nearby, decided to walk home. She saw Best standing in the parking lot and he “mumbled something to her about her boyfriend and having sex,” according to the report.

Best then allegedly ran towards the victim and began punching him. Best pulled out a screwdriver at some point during the fight and slashed the victim in the face, the report said. The two men continued to fight, causing Best to drop the screwdriver with his hat and a pair of sunglasses. The victim tore Best’s shirt, the report said.

Best broke free and ran into nearby Fairchild Street, where he got into his car and drove off.

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Best is a licensed realtor who sells homes in the Summerville area, according to his SC Real Estate Commission profile.

Lesia Kudelka, spokeswoman for SC’s Department of Labour, Licensing and Regulation, said Best obtained the license in September 2016.

On his license application, which the spokeswoman provided, Best claimed he had no criminal record. Kudelka said a third-party background check provided to the Real Estate Commission showed no previous convictions for the man.

But Best has a long criminal history, according to court records. He was sentenced to nearly 22 years in federal prison in January 2007 after pleading guilty to one count of conspiracy to distribute at least 500 grams of methamphetamine and one count of selling methamphetamine. He was granted an early release in 2016, according to court records.

Charleston police arrested Best three years later in April 2019 on two counts of second-degree burglary. He is accused of entering the Meeting Street lofts in downtown Charleston twice, using the facility’s amenities, consuming alcohol and “illicit substances” and d having searched through the drawers and cupboards of an office.

Best also stole account and password information by taking photos of a diary and documents, according to an affidavit. He had never been a resident of the apartment complex.

The case remains pending in the 9th Circuit Court.

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Best pleaded guilty in 2003 to one count of failing to stop at a blue light and was sentenced to three years probation. In 2005, he pleaded guilty to one count of possession with intent to distribute marijuana and one count of possession with intent to distribute marijuana in the vicinity of a school. Best was sentenced to three years in prison on both counts, but the sentence was suspended for 18 months of probation, records show.

The real estate agent remains in custody at Berkeley County Jail after being denied bail at a May 2 court hearing.

Call Jocelyne Grzeszczak at 843-323-9175. Follow her on Twitter at @jocgrz.


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