Homeless man charged with assaulting, threatening to kill Rock Hill police officer


A man was arrested Sunday after police say he got into a tussle with a Rock Hill officer, knocking the eyeglasses off the officer’s face and carrying several knives.

William Dorsha Hamright Jr., 25, faces charges of assaulting a police officer while resisting arrest and threatening the life of a public official, as well as trespassing and unlawful carrying of a weapon, according to a Rock Hill police arrest report.

An officer was called to a motel in the 1000 block of Riverview Road at 9 a.m. Thursday after hotel staff found a man sleeping in the business center. The employees believed the man previously had been put on trespass notice for the hotel, but he left before officers arrived.

The officer approached Hamright in front of a nearby Waffle House after he was identified as the man sleeping in the motel. As the officer approached, the report states, Hamright ignored the officers’ commands to stop and reached into his waistband.

When the officer grabbed Hamright’s wrist, police say, the man struck the officer in the face, knocking off his glasses.

A passer-by intervened to help the officer subdue Hamright, who was later found to be carrying four single, 2-inch knife blades in his waistband, according to the report.

While being arrested, Hamright threatened to kill the officer “and his entire family” once he was released from jail, as well as “any white police officer next time he saw one,” the report states.

Bristow Marchant: 803-329-4062, @BristowatHome