Englewood teen charged with stabbing jogger

CREATED Feb. 13, 2014

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ENGLEWOOD, Fla. - A 13-year-old Englewood boy faces a charge of 1st degree attempted murder for stabbing a jogger Tuesday evening.

The victim was out for a run in the area of Lemon Avenue and Bayshore Drive when he noticed the boy standing on the corner.  He recognized him as being from the neighborhood.

As he ran down the street he realized the boy was running behind him.  He told investigators the boy grabbed his left shoulder and slashed his neck with a sharp object.  The victim turned and elbowed his attacker, knocking him to the ground.

The victim then turned and began to pursue the teen who threw the knife at him as he fled.  The victim then asked a neighbor to call for medical help and police.  The wound in his neck required 14 stitches to close.

Investigators found the knife, what appeared to be a 15 inch bread knife with a serrated edge.

They went to the suspects home where he family said the teen had left the house after an argument.  The suspect was finally found the next day at the Lemon Bay Plaza.  Investigators believe he had spent the night in the woods.

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