MANATEE — A man was stabbed in the chest and critically injured late Saturday when he tried to stop the suspect from beating another man with an iron pipe, according to the Manatee County Sheriff's Office.
The two victims, ages 47 and 51, were standing in the property formerly known as the Trail Mobile Home Park, in the 3500 block of 14th Street West, about 10 p.m. when they were approached by Ronald Baskins, who was riding a bicycle.
Baskins, 56, got into an argument with the older victim and pulled out a metal pipe and began beating him. When the other man intervened, Baskins pulled out a knife and stabbed him in the left chest, according to a sheriff's office news release.
The stabbing victim was flown by helicopter to Bayfront Medical Center in St. Petersburg with what was described as "a severe injury to his chest." His condition was not immediately available, according to the sheriff's office.
The other victim was taken to Manatee Memorial Hospital for treatment of minor injuries.
Shortly afterwards, Baskins, who faces charges of attempted murder and aggravated battery, surrendered to deputies at sheriff's office headquarters, according to the report.