Monday, July 16, 2018
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Drug offender accused of stabbing man in Holiday

HOLIDAY -- A man who skipped out on his probation stabbed another man during a fight early Sunday morning, authorities said.

Deaundre C. Barnes, 22, is accused of stabbing Thomas "Tommy" Grippo about 1:40 a.m. A Pasco County Sheriff's Office report states Grippo, 23, and his girlfriend began arguing at the home at 1908 Pleasure Drive. Barnes told the two to "shut up," then began arguing with Grippo's girlfriend, the report said. Grippo got between them and began fighting with Barnes.

Grippo told investigators he didn't realize he'd been stabbed until he got home and saw he was bleeding, the report states. He was treated at the scene.

Barnes, who lists his occupation as "drug dealer," was arrested at the Pleasure Drive home. The deputy asked him what happened and Barnes refused to talk. "I'm going to jail anyways," he said, according to the report. He was sentenced last June to five years of drug offender probation on cocaine and other charges, according to the Florida Department of Corrections, which listed him as an "absconder/fugitive."

Barnes was charged Sunday with aggravated battery with a deadly weapon and violating his probation. He's being held without bail at the Pasco jail.

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