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Drunk man stabs brother in the chest at birthday party

Hernando Today staff report

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MASARYKTOWN - The woman who called the sheriff's office Saturday night was screaming for someone to help and about how a man was going to kill her and her boyfriend with a sword.

Fredrick W. Albritton Jr., 51, of Korbus Road, was hiding in the bushes when sheriff's deputies arrived to the residence he shares with his brother, and his brother's girlfriend.

An arrest report shows that, earlier in the evening, all three were drinking and celebrating Albritton's brother's birthday, when the couple began arguing in their bedroom.

Upset by this, Albritton took hold of a sword, approached his brother's girlfriend with the weapon at eye level, and then threatened to harm her.

Albritton's brother stood between his girlfriend and the weapon, telling Albritton they were going to leave the house for the evening.

But according to the report, Albritton accused his brother of trying to leave the home without paying his share of the rent. It was then when he went outside and smashed his brother's car, causing $1,000 worth of damage.

Not long after that, Albritton's brother was at the bedroom window, yelling at him. Albritton then turned his attention from his brother's car, to his brother, and stabbed the sword through the window and to his brother's chest.

Albritton went into the bedroom, grabbed his brother's girlfriend by the throat, and threw her down, the report shows. Albritton and his brother fought one another while the woman called 911. The woman told Albritton she was on the phone with police, and Albritton allegedly tried to take the phone away from her, before fleeing the house and into the bushes.

Once in the custody of law enforcement, Albritton said he was not able to remember much of what occurred that evening, but did remember taking Xanax and drinking.

"As I informed him of the events (his brother and his brother's girlfriend) spoke of, he said some of it sounded familiar," the deputy wrote. "But he really could not recall much."

Albritton was treated at Brooksville Regional Hospital, taken to the Hernando County Jail, and charged with possession of a weapon as a convicted Florida felon, aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, aggravated battery with a deadly weapon, obstruction of justice, battery, and criminal mischief.

He is being held without bond.

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