Argument over $10 leads to Bradenton stabbing

rdymond@bradenton.comJanuary 3, 2014 


MANATEE -- A 42-year-old man remained in Blake Medical Center in critical condition Thursday with two stab wounds to his chest after a confrontation Wednesday.

The victim "is still critical but stable," Manatee County Sheriff's Office spokesman Dave Bristow said Thursday afternoon.

The victim and Antonio Williams, 29, of the 5600 block of Sixth Street Court East, reportedly argued Wednesday afternoon at Williams' residence.

The argument reportedly started when Williams, who is charged with attempted murder with a deadly weapon, accused the victim's girlfriend of owing him $10.

During the heated discussion between the two men, Williams reportedly asked the victim: "Do you want to get shanked?"

The victim, sarcastically, replied, "Yes," according to the report.

Williams reportedly then took a pocket knife out of his pocket, and the victim grabbed his arm and pushed him against a wall.

Williams reportedly freed

his arm free and stabbed the victim twice in the chest.

The victim ran out of the house and was a passenger in a silver Chrysler Aspen driven by a friend when they arrived at the sheriff's office's District Two station at 407 57th Ave. E. just after 5 p.m., said Lt. Andy Ramdath.

"They obtained help from a deputy and the victim then collapsed here," Ramdath said.

A lot of blood was spilled in the parking lot, Ramdath said.

An EMS team stabilized the victim until he arrived at the hospital, Bristow said.

Williams, who faces charges of attempted murder and tampering with evidence, is being held on bonds totaling $501,500 at the Manatee County jail.

Richard Dymond, crime reporter, can be reached at

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