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Sarasota 911 may have saved woman's life

SARASOTA -- A Sarasota County woman told authorities that a relative stabbed and choked her while threatening to kill her but she was able to call 911 while fighting him off.

The incident occurred at 12:31 a.m. Sunday in the 2000 block of McIntosh Road, according to a Sarasota County Sheriff's Office report.

The attacker, identified as Eric D. Hankins, 36, was arrested at the scene without incident and later confessed to detectives, the report states.

The victim told authorities the perpetrator was an invited guest at the time of the attack, according to the report.

The victim suffered minor injuries, the report states.

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