(As originally published with additional photos, Wed, January 31st 2024)
SPRING HILL, Fla. (TND) — A call about “a possible stabbing in progress” led sheriff’s deputies in Florida to a home with two men standing out front and a lot of blood on each of them.
The first deputies to arrive minutes after midnight last Sunday, Jan. 21, found Felix Daniel Torres, who “appeared to have blood on his hands and was wearing clothing which also appeared to be stained in blood.”
He “matched the description of the suspected assailant,” the Hernando County Sheriff’s Office said, so he was taken into custody and “found to have a laceration to his thumb.”
But there was another man “standing in the driveway with a large metal object in his hand.”
He “was also found to be wearing clothing soaked in blood” and had “lacerations to his face, chest, and hand.”
This man was the alleged victim.
He said, “He was at the home visiting his girlfriend and her family when Torres, his girlfriend’s father, became angered over a misunderstanding involving himself and another family member.
“He stated Torres began yelling at him and then proceeded to retrieve two knives from the kitchen which Torres used to slash him, cutting his cheek, chest, and hand during the altercation.”
He managed to escape and “found and armed himself with a large metal ratchet in order to defend himself until law enforcement arrived on scene.”
They reported “several other individuals” gave “statements which mirrored the victim’s account of events.
“A collection of evidence resulted in the discovery of two knives, both observed to have the presence of blood.”
Authorities said an unidentified family member of Torres “also suffered a cut to the hand when she attempted to intervene, pleading with Torres to stop his attempts to stab the male victim.”
Paramedics arrived. Both men were treated. And Torres was taken to a hospital, followed by jail, and charged with aggravated battery with a deadly weapon, and culpable negligence.
His bond was set at 11,000 and the 49-year-old was released after four-and-a-half days.
In 2020, Torres was charged with two counts of battery, aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, witness tampering, resisting without violence, and possession of a small amount of marijuana.
The victim that time was his longtime girlfriend and the arrest report said Torres took a brown rifle “and pointed it at her feet and head, and stated, ‘I will kill you.’”
The following year, he was charged with battery, second or subsequent offense.