Deputies locate knife involved in Bradenton stabbing in Ware's Creek

jdeleon@bradenton.comJanuary 24, 2014 

BRADENTON -- Investigators searching the murky waters of Ware's Creek on Friday found the knife they believe was used in the stabbing of a man in Bradenton last week.

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 into Ware's Creek as he rode his bike over the bridge and escaped.

At about 1 p.m. Friday the Manatee County Sheriff's Office dive team located the 10-inch-long knife.

"They found it in the approximate location that was consistent with the witness statement following the stabbing," Bradenton Deputy Chief Warren Merriman said. "It was found in approximately 6 feet of water."

Friday's search was prompted by a call to 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 attacker, 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."

The knife, which had been submerged for 10 days, will be processed by Bradenton police crime scene technicians for any fingerprints.

"I want to thank the Manatee County Sheriff's Office dive team and councilman Patrick Roff for looking out for the citizens within his ward," Merriman said. "We appreciate his work, as well."

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

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