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Arrest made in Hernando Beach stabbing


Published:   |   Updated: June 25, 2013 at 08:30 AM

HERNANDO BEACH - A Spring Hill man was arrested last week and charged in connection to a Hernando Beach stabbing that occurred June 15, according to the Hernando County Sheriff's Office.

Detectives obtained a warrant for Charles Edward Ross, 59, of 13516 Hope Lane, who was arrested June 18 in Pasco County on charges of aggravated battery with a deadly weapon.

Ross is being held at the Pasco County Jail on $5,000 bond.

On June 15 at 11:20 p.m., deputies were called to 4527 Bimini Dr. in Hernando Beach regarding a stabbing. While responding to the scene, deputies were advised by dispatchers that a male subject had possibly been stabbed in the abdomen, and the suspect had fled the area on a motorcycle.

Deputies arrived and saw one white male being treated by paramedics. The victim was then placed into an ambulance and transported to Regional Medical Center Bayonet Point.

Deputies interviewed witnesses and neighbors who said a male arrived on a motorcycle around 11 p.m., continually revved the engine on the motorcycle, and called out to a female that lived in the house, according to the sheriff's office. Hearing the commotion, Rick Kappler came outside to see what was happening. He recognized the male as the former boyfriend of his neighbor, Diana. His name was "Charles."

Kappler had previous knowledge regarding an unspecified "encounter" that Diana and a few others had earlier in the day out on the water by the "flats."

Ross was asked to leave several times but refused, according to the sheriff's office. The homeowner, Michael Place, also came outside and asked Ross to leave, but he refused.

A physical altercation began between the men.

The two men again asked Ross to leave. As he started walking back toward the stairs of the stilt home Ross changed direction and approached Place, produced a sharp unknown object and stabbed Place in the abdomen, according to the sheriff's office.

Ross got on his motorcycle and drove away, leaving his helmet behind.

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