Irmo, SC (Paul Kirby) – The Irmo Police Department has arrested a man for attempted murder, kidnapping, and burglary in the 1st degree after he stabbed a woman on Elstow Drive multiple times Wednesday morning. Rasaun Maliek Hastie, 22, the man they have in custody, is well known to the police. On Friday, February 8th, Hastie led an Irmo police officer on a high speed chase that at times reached speeds of 115 mph on I-26. He eventually escaped after the officer discontinued the pursuit when Hastie drove into the city of Columbia. On Monday, February 11th, Hastie turned himself in to the Irmo Police, was booked, and bonded out of jail on Tuesday. The stabbing that occurred Wednesday, happened within a mile of where the chase began last week.
“This was not a random act; Hastie knew the victim and targeted her for some reason. The attack happened at the victim’s home after we believe that Hastie broke in. We are still investigating what led up to the stabbing and why Hastie committed such a violent act against her,” said Captain Dennis, spokesman for the Irmo Police Department.
Hastie is not new to trouble with law enforcement in other parts of SC as well. At age 19, he was charged with three counts of attempted murder by the Clarendon County Sheriff’s Office. In that instance, Hastie was accused of going to the Quality Inn off Paxville Highway in Manning and shooting at a room in which 19-year-old Raiquan Diquarius York, 17-year-old Hervon Grayson and a juvenile female were staying.
Wednesday, Irmo investigators believe Hastie stabbed the woman and then fled the scene on foot. Police poured into the area from multiple agencies, and K-9’s were deployed. Hastie tried to ditch his bloody clothes, but a homeowner saw him and alerted police to where they were. They recovered those and later detained Hastie. He has since been booked into the Alvin S. Glen Detention Center in Richland County. The woman is still in the hospital but is expected to recover.