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Mother dies after being shot, stabbed by husband in front of their children February 13, 2015

A woman who was brutally attacked by her husband in front of their children early Thursday morning died overnight, according to Hillsborough County sheriff’s officials.

Keith-DukesMichelle Dukes, 34, was airlifted in critical condition to Tampa General Hospital from her street in Riverview on Thursday morning after her husband, Keith Dukes, 48, allegedly slit her throat and shot her multiple times in the upper body, the sheriff’s office said. He now faces a charge of second-degree murder.

After the incident Thursday morning, Hillsborough deputies found Keith Dukes near the family’s home, standing in the Alafia River. He told them he did it because his wife tried to take their daughters away.

“My life is over,” Keith Dukes told deputies as they apprehended him, according to a probable cause affidavit. “I wish you could have just killed me. Just take me to jail.” According to the affidavit, he had been separated from his wife for about a year.

The couple’s daughters, ages 7, 13 and 14, were waiting in the car for a ride to school when the violence broke out. Keith Dukes first stabbed or cut his wife in the throat inside their home at 8818 Van Fleet Road, a quiet suburban street with no sidewalks and ranch homes. She ran from the house screaming for help and her daughters, who saw her from the car, ran with her, Hillsborough County Sheriff David Gee said at a news conference Thursday morning.

A passing Waste Management truck driver saw the family running toward him, begging for help, so he called 911. Michelle Dukes was covered in blood.

“I saw a cut going from one side of her neck to the other,” the driver, Jason Alvarez, said.

A neighbor who had come outside after he heard commotion gave the dispatcher the address. In the meantime, the family took refuge in another neighbor’s home.

A short time later, Alvarez heard a gunshot. Keith Dukes had broken into the neighbor’s home where his wife and children were hiding. He fired three shots, according to the affidavit, before a witness wrestled the gun from him.

The children were uninjured, Gee said, but surely traumatized. They were staying with a family member Thursday night.

 

Man stole knife from one person, used it on another January 2, 2015

A homeless man has been arrested after he allegedly stole a knife from one person and used it on another.

charles-edward-ferribee-iiOn Feb. 10 the man, 47-year-old Charles Edward Ferribee II, no address listed, stole a folding pocketknife from its owner, according to a Fort Walton Beach Police Department arrest report. No information about the theft victim was listed except his name, which will not be reported in this police blotter.

That night, Ferribee is accused of getting into an argument with a woman about her spending time with another man. He pulled out the pocketknife and tried to stab her in the ribcage area, the report said, but failed. So then he aimed for her face and neck. She suffered a minor stab wound to her left cheek and left neck area.

Ferribee was charged with aggravated battery with a deadly weapon, and petit theft.

 

Man Cycling Across Six States To Propose To Girlfriend Stabbed To Death By Homeless Man At McDonald’s September 9, 2014

A Farmington family is coming to grips with the death of their 28-year-old son, who was stabbed to death just days before finishing a bicycle trip down the East Coast, family members said.

Kevin-AdornoKevin Adorno, 28, of Unionville, had stopped to buy food and charge his phone at a McDonald’s restaurant on U.S. Route 1 in Vero Beach, Florida, when he was stabbed around 9:30 p.m. Monday, according to police.

Authorities have identified his attacker as 59-year-old Rene Herrera Cruz, a homeless man who had recently arrived in Vero Beach from Miami, according to the arrest affidavit.

A Farmington family is coming to grips with the death of their 28-year-old son, who was stabbed to death just days before finishing a bicycle trip down the East Coast, family members said.Kevin Adorno, 28, of Unionville, was at a McDonald’s restaurant on U.S. Route 1 in Vero Beach, Florida, when he was stabbed around 9:30 p.m. on Monday. Police said he had stopped to buy food and charge his phone.

Police said the incident was caught on surveillance video.

Cruz told police he was in the parking lot when a motorcycle pulled up near him. According to the affidavit, “Cruz had felt as if people kept watching him” so he moved to a different area and took a filet knife from his backpack.

He told police a man sitting in the restaurant near Adorno kept looking at him, making him nervous.

When Adorno went outside to use his cellphone, Cruz thought Adorno was taking pictures of him and “directing people to go after him,” according to the affidavit.

Adorno was walking near the drive-thru lanes in Cruz’s direction, and Cruz pulled the knife as Adorno approached, the affidavit says.

Police said Adorno spotted the knife and ran, but Cruz attacked.

“He’s going in cardiac arrest, please,” a witness is heard begging dispatchers in the 911 call. “He got stabbed in the heart. It was an attack, please.”

Authorities rushed to the scene and found Adorno lying on the floor near the restaurant bathrooms. Police said he’d been stabbed several times in the chest and arm and collapsed inside McDonald’s while witnesses applied pressure to his wounds.

“He felt as though his hands were literally on Adorno’s heart due to the severity of the wound,” police wrote of one of the witnesses in the arrest affidavit.

Adorno was pronounced dead a short time later at Indian River Medical Center, according to police.

Police said Cruz tossed the murder weapon into the bushes at McDonald’s while running across the street to a Burger King restaurant. He threw his shirt and a second knife into the garbage there, and officers took him into custody.

According to police, Cruz admitted to stabbing Adorno and said he felt threatened but didn’t see any weapons on the victim. Cruz told police the two did not know each other and had never spoken.

Police said it wasn’t their first encounter with Cruz.

“We dealt with him actually the night before. He called us from Burger King right across the street and he told responding officers that individuals were looking for him or were after him,” said Vero Beach Police Chief David Currey.

Family members said Adorno biked from Maine to Maryland with his sister last summer. He was two days and 100 miles away from completing the second leg of his trip, from Maryland to Miami.

They said Adorno, an athlete and animal lover who owned a graphic design company, was planning to propose to his girlfriend and was on the phone with her when Cruz attacked.

“The last thing she heard was the phone drop and then shortly thereafter the sound of sirens in the background,” police wrote in the affidavit.

Cruz has been charged with first-degree murder and is being held without bond.

 

Sexually spurned woman caused man’s neck to ‘leak’ August 27, 2014

If Shakieria Anquanette Shan Long screams she wants to have sex, you better watch out.

sfl-flduh-spurned-neck-stab-leak-20140826-001A man identified by police as a witness told investigators that he, Long, the victim and others were “barbecuing and drinking.” The witness said he got a bit intoxicated and lay down on a couch in the 1400 block of Avenue J.That’s a conclusion one could draw following Long’s arrest Aug. 12 in Fort Pierce after the apparent object of her amorous outburst got stabbed in the neck, according to a recently released Fort Pierce police report.

He said that after a few minutes, the victim came in with Long, 22, following.

“The suspect (Long) was screaming that she wanted the victim to have sex with her,” the report states. “The victim told her no and to go back where she had been all day and have sex.”

Long eventually went in the victim’s room. Not long after that, she called for the witness, saying she stabbed the victim and that he was “leaking,” or bleeding.

The witness held a towel to the victim’s neck, and Long said she was sorry.

The witness and victim walked toward the witness’ home. Long ran after them and began punching the victim in the face.

The victim told police he didn’t want to have sex with Long because she’d been imbibing. He didn’t want to pursue charges.

He said she stabbed him in the neck, but that she didn’t mean to.

Long, of the 800 block of North 20th Street in Fort Pierce, was arrested on a felony battery charge.

 

Devante Johnson Accused Of Stabbing Man During Sexual Encounter In Cemetery August 4, 2014

 

A man was stabbed five times by a man he was having sex with in Oakland Cemetery, according to Tallahassee Police.

 

Devante-JohnsonCourt documents say Devante L. Johnson met with the victim at the cemetery around 11 p.m. on June 24th when the stabbing occurred.

The victim said it was during “sexual activity” that Johnson mentioned the victim’s ex-boyfriend and then started stabbing him.

Court records show that Johnson told the victim “no one would have to worry” about him anymore.

Law enforcement says the victim was able to kick Johnson out of the car and lock the doors. However, Johnson attempted to get back into the car by gaining access through a slightly open window, the victim told police.

The victim was able to escape and drive off, crashing through the cemetery’s fence at the intersection of 4th Ave. and Martin Luther King Blvd.

The victim was taken to the hospital for treatment of his wounds. According to the police report, there were a total of five stab wound; three to chest and one in each arm.

Surgery was needed for internal injuries due to a punctured lung and lacerated liver, said police.

 

Devante Johnson Accused Of Stabbing Man During Sexual Encounter In Cemetery July 31, 2014

 

A man was stabbed five times by a man he was having sex with in Oakland Cemetery, according to Tallahassee Police.

 

53d16a2addf05.preview-300Court documents say Devante L. Johnson met with the victim at the cemetery around 11 p.m. on June 24th when the stabbing occurred.

The victim said it was during “sexual activity” that Johnson mentioned the victim’s ex-boyfriend and then started stabbing him.

Court records show that Johnson told the victim “no one would have to worry” about him anymore.

Law enforcement says the victim was able to kick Johnson out of the car and lock the doors. However, Johnson attempted to get back into the car by gaining access through a slightly open window, the victim told police.

The victim was able to escape and drive off, crashing through the cemetery’s fence at the intersection of 4th Ave. and Martin Luther King Blvd.

The victim was taken to the hospital for treatment of his wounds. According to the police report, there were a total of five stab wound; three to chest and one in each arm.

Surgery was needed for internal injuries due to a punctured lung and lacerated liver, said police.

 

Man stabs wife repeatedly …… immediately after their marriage counseling session May 15, 2014

Deputies arrested a Port Charlotte man over the weekend following a marriage counseling session performed by the family’s pastor.

3726428_GJeanwell Napolean, 50, is accused of stabbing his wife several times in her left inner bicep, middle abdomen and lower back after she called her pastor to come over for some counseling.

“She said, honey I love you! And he said, honey I love you too,” said Andre Dalleman, the couple’s counselor who is also a Deacon at Eben-Ezer Church in Port Charlotte.

When deputies arrived to their house on Truval Terrace in Port Charlotte, they saw several people on the ground in their front lawn, including the victim who was bleeding.

They transported Marie Napolean to Bayfront Memorial by EMS then she was Bayflighted to Lee Memorial.

Dallemand says he was in their house before the stabbing happened and that Jeanwell Napolean wasn’t acting angry at all, although he kept talking about how Marie was going to leave him.

Another family friend, Cherisma Bordes, was called to the house, and when she arrived, that’s when Jean seemed very upset and said his wife was cheating on him.

“I didn’t expect anything like this to happen because she was caressing him talking about love,” said Dalleman.

That family friend then needed to move her car so the pastor could leave.

When that happened, the family friend heard screaming from inside the home. She went inside and Marie was screaming frantically and had blood stains on her shirt. Bordes said she saw Jeanwell Napolean holding a butchers knife to his stomach area.

The couple’s nephew who is caring for her talked off camera. He said his uncle snapped because he didn’t get a pastor position he wanted.

Deputies arrested him for aggravated battery with a deadly weapon, and he was booked at the Charlotte County jail where he’s being held on no bond.

 

 
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