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Bystanders help capture stabbing suspect near Renaissance Vinoy Resort in St. Petersburg

ST. PETERSBURG — An argument between two boat dwellers led one to stab the other this afternoon near the Renaissance Vinoy Resort, police said.

Jay Alan Farmer, 43, was arrested on undisclosed charges. A witness told police that Farmer was seen sitting on a bench with another man at Bayshore Drive and Fifth Avenue N.

Both men apparently live on boats moored at the North Yacht Basin.

Farmer stood up, pulled out a knife and stabbed 45-year-old John Clark around 1:43 p.m., a witness told police.

Farmer seemed ready to stab the victim again, said police spokesman George Kajtsa, when a cab driver interrupted the attack.

Farmer tried to run away, police said, but the cab driver chased him and got the attention of an off-duty St. Petersburg police officer.

The officer joined the chase and caught Farmer at Fourth Avenue N and Beach Drive NE, police say.

Clark was taken to Bayfront Medical Center for what police said was a superficial wound.

Bystanders help capture stabbing suspect near Renaissance Vinoy Resort in St. Petersburg 06/25/09 [Last modified: Thursday, June 25, 2009 3:47pm]
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