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'Multiple stabbing victims' as Tallahassee police investigate incident at industrial complex

Tallahassee Democrat logoTallahassee Democrat 5 days ago Karl Etters, Tallahassee Democrat
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12:31 p.m.

The man who allegedly stabbed several people this morning at a west-side Tallahassee business was identified as Antwann D. Brown, a current employee at Dyke Industries.

He was involved in a dispute at the office before the stabbing, which police said occurred with a pocket-knife style weapon.

Interim TPD Police Chief Steve Outlaw told media at a new conference "you can't help but wonder" whether the anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks were a factor in the attack, but he said police have found no evidence of any connections to the anniversary. He said police still have not determined a motive and the attack was "spontaneous."

He said co-workers fought off the knife-wielding Brown with objects in the office.  

Chief Outlaw noted Brown has prior run-ins with law enforcement from years back. A Florida Department of Corrections offender website shows the 41-year-old spent time in prison for drug dealing and grand theft in cases going back to 1996. He was most recently released from prison in July 2009.

Asked about a rash of violence recently in the capital city, Outlaw said it is "a safe community" and many of the violent incidents spring from suspects and victims who know each other and were involved in illegal acts.

NOON UPDATE: 

Tallahassee Police are not releasing details of what led to five people being stabbed at the business Wednesday morning.

Spokeswoman Rachelle Denmark said she did not have information about a motive for the stabbing during a brief midday update about the incident.

The suspect is not one of the five people being treated at Tallahassee Memorial HealthCare, Denmark said. She could not confirm that employees fought off the suspect but indicated more details would be released at an afternoon press conference at the scene.

The suspect was arrested in the vicinity of Dyke Industries inside of an industrial complex off Hartsfield Road. Investigators were continuing to sift through evidence at the scene and were interrogating the suspect.

“We are still in the early stages of the investigation and will be providing information as soon as we can,” she said.

11:20 a.m. UPDATE: 

A Tallahassee Memorial HealthCare spokeswoman says the hospital "received five patients from the incident, not six as initially reported. One patient is in serious condition; two patients are in fair condition; and two patients are in good condition." 

THE FULL STORY

An unidentified person went on a rampage this morning at a west-side Tallahassee business, stabbing a number of people in some cases multiple times.

Tallahassee police were called around 8:35 a.m. to Dyke Industries, a building materials company located on Maryland Circle in an industrial park off Hartsfield Road.

When officers arrived, they found a number of stabbing victims and began treating them on the scene, said Officer Damon Miller, a spokesman for TPD. It was not immediately clear whether anyone was killed. Five people were taken to Tallahassee Memorial HealthCare and were being treated.

A suspect is in custody, though police gave no description of the person or a possible motive for the violence. A source told the Democrat the suspect is currently being interrogated.

Frantic family members gathered behind police tape and shared stories of the horror that unfolded inside the business.

a close up of a man: Marquitta Campbell tells of her phone conversation with her husband Bobby Riggins as he was being stabbed before a job interview at Dyke Industries this morning. © Tori Schneider/Tallahassee Democrat Marquitta Campbell tells of her phone conversation with her husband Bobby Riggins as he was being stabbed before a job interview at Dyke Industries this morning.

Marquitta Campbell said her husband Bobby Riggins Jr. arrived for a job interview at Dyke Industries about 8:30 a.m. She was talking on the phone with him when she heard a commotion.

“The next thing I know, he said, ‘Baby, I’ve been stabbed five times,’” Campbell said on scene as she waited for answers. “‘I’ve been stabbed.’”

Her husband later called her from the hospital to tell her he had internal bleeding and was going into surgery.

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Ellen Mospens said her husband Dennis McMaster escaped without injury. He texted her to say there had been a “massive stabbing” at the business. “Come get me,” he said.

The morning attack, which became the subject of live feeds on major Cable TV networks, further fuels a bloody week in Tallahassee. City officials were already grappling with a rash of shootings over the weekend that left two dead and one injured.

Danielle Buchanan, a spokeswoman for TMH, said an initial report of six victims was incorrect.

"One patient is in serious condition; two patients are in fair condition; and two patients are in good condition," she said. 

a red and white truck parked on the side of a road: The Tallahassee Police Department responded to a call about multiple stabbings at Dyke Industries on Maryland Circle Wednesday, Sept. 11, 2019. © Tori Schneider |Tallahassee Democrat The Tallahassee Police Department responded to a call about multiple stabbings at Dyke Industries on Maryland Circle Wednesday, Sept. 11, 2019.

Dyke Industries, based in Little Rock, Arkansas, has 15 distribution outlets in 18 states and provides residential and commercial building materials, including interior and exterior doors, according to the company’s website.

An initial report that the incident occurred at the neighboring Coca-Cola plant was incorrect. But other media reports say workers chased the suspect to the plant parking lot, where the suspect was arrested.

Linda Sewell, a spokeswoman for Coca-Cola UNITED, which owns Tallahassee Coca-Cola Bottling Company, said 150 employees work at the Tallahassee site next to the Dyke Industries distribution outlet. She said no Coca-Cola employee was involved in the incident.

“We are very grateful that all of our associates are safe,” Sewell said. “Our hearts break for those who are impacted by this tragedy.”

TPD provided few details about the stabbing but is scheduled to hold a press conference this afternoon. Many lawmen were at a 9/11 remembrance when news broke. Interim TPD Police Chief Steve Outlaw was heading to the scene.

The release from TPD

"At approximately 8:37 am, TPD responded to a stabbing near the 2000 block of Maryland Circle.  Upon officer’s arrival, they discovered multiple stabbing victims and provided immediate medical attention. The suspect is currently in custody.

This case has been assigned to investigators with TPD's Violent Crimes Unit. Investigators are asking anyone with information about this case to please call them at (850) 891-4200 or Crime Stoppers at (850) 574-TIPS.

TPD will provide all further updates via press release."

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