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Police: Stripper from Tampa thought his partner was a cannibal so he stabbed him in the eyes

By Times staff
Justin Calhoun

A male stripper from Tampa is accused of stabbing his partner multiple times in the eyes with a pen after he suspected he was a cannibal, according to WTVJ and a report acquired by the station.

Justin Calhoun, 24, is being held without bond on an attempted second-degree murder charge after he attacked Mark Brann, 67, in his Key West home, the report stated.

Calhoun told police that he and Brann were in a relationship and that the incident started because Calhoun suspected Brann of being a cannibal. The two then got into an argument and Brann picked up a gun, according to the report.

Calhoun managed to take the gun away from Brann and tried to shoot him with it, but the gun jammed, the report states. Calhoun then stabbed him in the eyes with a pen and stuffed a piece of wood in his mouth, police said. He ran away as officers surrounded the building. He was arrested shortly after and Brann was taken to an area hospital in critical condition, WTVJ reported.