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5 people injured in stabbing in Tallahassee

Lawrence Mower, Elizabeth Koh and Emily L. Mahoney, Miami Herald/Tampa Bay Times Tallahassee Bureau on

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TALLAHASSEE, Fla. -- Several people were stabbed at a building materials business in Tallahassee Wednesday morning before a suspect, identified by police as an employee, was taken into custody.

The attack, at Dyke Industries on the northwest side of the city, left five people with multiple stab wounds. Tallahassee police said shortly before noon that all victims were taken to the hospital. Later they confirmed that there were no fatalities in the attack.

Police identified the suspect as 41-year-old Antwann Demetris Brown, an employee at Dyke for about 3 1/2 months.

Shortly after clocking in at 8 a.m., Brown had a verbal dispute with co-workers or supervisors, according to interim Tallahassee police Chief Steven Outlaw. Outlaw said he didn't know what the dispute was about.

After being told to leave, Brown clocked out of work at 8:20 a.m., Outlaw said.

He did not leave the property, however, and at 8:33 a.m., employees called 911 reporting that Brown had stabbed several people.


Outlaw said Brown was armed with a "common pocket knife-size" blade, and that he appeared to be seeking out particular victims who were working on the factory lines.

Several employees fought back, arming themselves "with whatever they could," Outlaw said.

The employees subdued Brown, but by the time officers arrived, at 8:37 a.m., Brown was on foot outside the property.

Officers arrested him "almost immediately," Outlaw said.


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