A 49-year-old father was stabbed Sunday night at the Lanier Plaza in Brunswick, where he answered an elderly woman’s cry for help, according to Brunswick Police.

The woman called for help at about 7:30 p.m. because she allegedly was being harassed by another man outside of the Tuesday Morning store in the plaza, 1919 U.S. Highway 17, said police Capt. Angela Smith. The man and his 24-year-old son were nearby and came to her aid, police said.

In the process, police said Raymond Nathaniel Kirksey, 59, allegedly stabbed the father during the ensuing confrontation. County emergency workers took the man to the hospital for his wounds, which were not life-threatening, Smith said.

Brunswick police later found Kirksey on the other side of the plaza parking lot, near a bank drive-through ATM kiosk. Kirksey, who is listed as homeless, remained Monday in the Glynn County Detention Center, charged with aggravated assault.

“He was harassing her and she basically yelled out for help,” Smith said. “They went over to assist her and that is when the fight broke out. They asked him to leave the lady alone and he wasn’t listening, apparently.”

After Brunswick police detained Kirksey, a Glynn County Police K9 team was called in. The dog was able to track Kirksey’s scent from the scene of the alleged assault to the bank kiosk where he was found, further confirming his involvement, a police report said.

The elderly woman who cried for help retreated from the scene during the ensuing melee, Smith said. Police are seeking her to ensure she is unhurt and to get her witness statement.

“She fled during the altercation, probably out of fear,” Smith said.

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