March 31, 2013

California man stabs three family members

Plantation Key – A California man is in jail, charged with stabbing three family members with a knife.

When Deputy Joshua Brady arrived at the house on Galleon Road at 9:45 p.m. Saturday, he found three injured people, two women – the suspect’s mother and aunt -  with wounds on their arms and one man – the suspect’s uncle -  stabbed in the abdomen. He found blood all over the floor of the living room.

The uncle was yelling “he’s in there”, pointing to another room. The suspect’s mother refused to comply with the deputy’s orders to get behind him for safety. She was hysterical, yelling at the deputy to leave “him” alone and not to hurt him, meaning the suspect, 20 year old Jacob Knapper of Agoura Hills, California.

Suddenly, Knapper ran out of the other room, straight at Deputy Brady, yelling for the deputy to shoot him. The deputy could see Knapper had no weapons in his hands, so he grabbed him, holding him securely until backup officers arrived. Knapper was then handcuffed and taken into custody.

It is still unclear exactly what happened to precipitate Knapper’s attack on his family. His aunt says he called a friend of hers a nasty name in front of the friend’s children. A confrontation ensued with the uncle telling Knapper not to talk like that in front of children. Knapper reportedly told him he could talk any way he wanted, then grabbed a knife and stabbed the uncle and aunt.

The mother tells a different story. She says the uncle yelled at his daughter and Knapper told him not to. She says the uncle told Knapper to get out of the house and, while she and Knapper were packing to leave, the uncle and aunt came into the room. She said Knapper felt threatened and grabbed the knife to protect her. She said she saw her son swing the knife multiple times, injuring all three of them.

There were three children on the scene at the time of the stabbing. They were not injured. The uncle was transported to Mariner’s Hospital for treatment of his injuries.

Knapper was booked into jail for three counts aggravated battery and resisting arrest.

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