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article imageMarine stabbed at Best Buy, collecting 'Toys for Tots'

By Kim I. Hartman     Dec 1, 2010 in Crime
Augusta - A Marine stabbed while collecting Toys for Tots said he thought of all the people inside Best Buy on the crowded Black Friday when instinct led him to attempt to intercept a fleeing shoplifter.
Marine Cpl. Phillip Duggan, 24, and three other Marines were outside the store on Walton Way Extension about 1:30 p.m. Friday asking for donations to Toys for Tots.
Authorities say Tracey Attaway, 39, of Waynesboro, Ga., allegedly stuffed a laptop down his pants and grabbed two cameras before making a break for the door, reported the Augusta Chronicle.
Best Buy sales manager Orvin Smith said the man was seen on surveillance cameras Friday putting a laptop under his jacket at the Augusta store. When confronted, the man became irate, knocked down an employee, pulled a knife and ran toward the door. Outside were four Marines collecting toys for the service branch's "Toys For Tots" program, according to an AP report of the incident.
When speaking about the events that happened, Cpl. Duggan said, "All of a sudden we heard a commotion and someone running for the door and I heard 'someone get em' and I stepped right in front of him and tackled him."
He says from there it was a blur.
"Pretty much I felt a sharp pinch in my back and all of a sudden everyone was rushing to me with towels," he added.
Before he felt the pinch, he says he didn't know the suspect, Tracey Attaway, had a knife.
"Once we know somebody's in harms way, it's pretty much Marine instinct to pretty much step in front and takeover," Cpl. Duggan said.
That's exactly what the group did, holding the suspect down until deputies arrived..
The other three Marines, who were present at Best Buy this weekend, echoed what Cpl. Duggan was saying about them just acting on instinct and looking out for one another like a family. They're a quiet bunch, but acted very boldly on this occasion, said the news report.
Duggan was taken to Eisenhower Army Medical Center and was released after receiving stitches. He told Channel 12 news, WRDW of Augusta, "I'm feeling pretty good, kind of sore but good," Cpl. Duggan said.
The Augusta Chronicle reported, Tracey Attaway, the alleged attacker and shoplifter, was arrested on charges of armed robbery, aggravated assault and possession of a knife during the commission of a crime.
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