Deputies dive in Ware's Creek for knife involved in Bradenton stabbing

jdeleon@bradenton.comJanuary 24, 2014 

BRADENTON -- Investigators are diving for the knife used to stab a man in Bradenton recently, according to the Bradenton Police Department.

The victim was stabbed Jan. 14 when an argument with another man on the sidewalk in the 1900 block of Manatee Avenue West turned violent. A witness said the attacker threw the knife used into the Ware's Creek as he rode his bike over the bidge and escaped.

Friday's search by the Manatee County Sheriff's Office dive team was prompted by a call to police Deputy Chief Warren Merriman from City Councilman Patrick Roff.

"I know this creek like the back of my hand," Roff said he told Merriman. "If that knife went into the water, it's right where it landed."

Authorities have not located the knife but Roff said the Ware's Creek neighborhood watch group is very vigilant in always helping to catch suspects.

"I'm hoping there are prints on it," Roff said. "I want to bag him."

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