BRADENTON — Police are looking at the possibility that a 32-year-old man was stabbed to death as a result of a street robbery early Saturday in east Bradenton.
Clarence Gaskin Jr. was found dead in front of a home in the 2200 block of 14th Avenue East. Police believe Gaskin was stabbed with an unknown object and then staggered into the yard, where he collapsed and died.
Gaskin’s wallet was missing when his body was found by a resident.
“There are many different scenarios. We’re still putting the pieces together,” said Bradenton Police Deputy Chief William Tokajer.
Gaskin was hanging out with friends before he started walking near his home before the attack. Police are still conducting interviews and trying to establish a time line, Tokajer said.
No one was with him after he left a nearby residence.
A 22-year-old man found Gaskin’s body outside his home at around 1:15 a.m. Saturday.
The man said it wasn’t until several hours later that he noticed Gaskin hadn’t moved, and he then decided to call police.
Gaskin was lying on his stomach near the garage and had sustained a puncture wound to the right side of his chest, police said.
He lived about one block from where his body was found. Police believe he was stabbed nearby, but declined to give an exact location. There was no evidence of a struggle and there was a lack of blood where his body was found, Tokajer said.
Authorities have not recovered the weapon used to stab him, Tokajer said.
Gaskin leaves behind a 4-year-old son, court records show.
This is the city’s first homicide case this year, bringing the countywide total to 11.
Anyone with any information can contact Bradenton Police Department Detective Jim Curulla (941) 932-9311, or remain anonymous and possibly become eligible for a cash reward by calling Crime Stoppers at (866) 634-TIPS (8477).