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Seminole couple, Largo man stabbed in incidents that may be drug-related

LARGO — Three people — a Seminole couple and a Largo man — were stabbed in late-night attacks in a neighborhood just off U.S. 19 in the unincorporated Largo-High Point area, authorities said.

The stabbings occurred late Sunday night. The attacks appeared to be drug-related and were connected to each other, authorities said.

A couple, 28-year-old Jeffrey Laforge and 30-year-old Amy L. Wilson, suffered life-threatening injuries when they were stabbed at 6463 146th Ave. N, according to the Pinellas County Sheriff's Office. Laforge was airlifted to Bayfront Medical Center, and Wilson was taken by ambulance.

The couple live in the unincorporated Seminole-Bay Pines area in south Pinellas County.

A half-mile away from where the couple was stabbed, deputies found 23-year-old Andrew Fronczak stabbed inside a home at 6262 142nd Ave. N. He was taken to Bayfront with nonlife-threatening injuries, deputies said.

Before sunrise, deputies were using a black light to look for blood spatters outside the home at 6463 146th Ave. N. Detectives say the stabbings were not random acts, as the people involved know one another.

Deputies weren't looking for anyone else in connection to the attacks. However, they stopped short of saying that the three people involved had stabbed one another. Not all of the stabbing victims were conscious and capable of speaking to investigators Monday.

All three stabbing victims have criminal records in Florida.

Laforge has been arrested 20 times in Pinellas and Hillsborough counties on charges such as robbery, assault, grand larceny, burglary, arson, marijuana possession and auto theft, according to state records.

Fronczak has been arrested twice on charges of possessing oxycodone and cocaine in Pinellas County, court records show. Wilson has been arrested in Citrus County on charges of possessing drug paraphernalia, battery and shoplifting.

Mike Brassfield can be reached at brassfield@tampabay.com or (727) 445-4151. Researcher Carolyn Edds contributed to this report.

Seminole couple, Largo man stabbed in incidents that may be drug-related 09/16/13 [Last modified: Monday, September 16, 2013 11:27pm]
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