Man stabbed in fight on Manatee Avenue West in Bradenton

jdeleon@bradenton.comJanuary 15, 2014 

BRADENTON -- Bradenton police are combing the city looking for the man they say stabbed another man during a fight Tuesday afternoon along Manatee Avenue West.

At about 3:15 p.m., the victim and his attacker were reportedly arguing in the 1900 block of Manatee Avenue West in front of the Bank of the Ozarks building under construction. The altercation turned physical when the suspect pulled a knife and stabbed the victim several times in the leg and buttocks, police said.

The injured man was taken to Blake Medical Center for treatment, police said.

"His injuries are not life-threatening," Bradenton Lt. James Racky said Tuesday afternoon. "He is being stitched up as we speak."

The suspect was described as a black man between 18 and his mid-20s. He stands about 5-foot-7 to 5-10. He has shoulder-length dreadlocks, a witness told police.

The suspect was said to be wearing a black winter coat with red collar and light-colored jeans.

Police interviewed at least two witnesses, one of whom told officers she saw the suspect walk east toward Ware's Creek, picking up a bicycle along the way and riding it over the bridge.

Police were using canine units to search for the assailant, but called it off after learning the suspect was traveling on a bicycle.

"We have no leads other than he took off on a bicycle," Racky said. "We are sill working different angles."

The victim also had been on a bicycle. After he was stabbed, he walked about 50 feet and collapsed.

Eastbound traffic on Manatee Avenue West slowed to a crawl as police investigated the scene. Eastbound travel lanes were closed as officers diverted traffic into the center-turn lane.

Another witness told police they saw the suspect drop the knife into the water as he rode his bicycle over the Ware's Creek bridge,

"We cannot confirm that at this time," Racky said.

Jessica De Leon, law enforcement reporter, can be reached at 941-745-7049. You can follow her on Twitter @JDeLeon1012.

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