MANATEE — A 66-year-old man has been charged with stabbing and critically injuring his roommate late Thursday, according to the Manatee Sheriff's Office.
Deputies say the 55-year-old victim was sleeping when Jack Butler stabbed him in the neck. The victim told investigators that he awoke about 11:24 p.m. to a sharp pain and saw Butler standing over him, according to a news release.
The attack happened at the Mel-Mar Village Mobile Home Park, in the 2800 block of 14th Street West.
The victim fled to a neighbor's residence and called 911. He was conscious when placed in an ambulance, but the latest report was that he was in critical condition at Bayfront Medical Center in St. Petersburg.
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Butler was arrested about an hour later. He was being held without bond at the Manatee County Sheriff's Office on a charge of aggravated battery.