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Fight over bike leads to fatal stabbing in St. Petersburg

ST. PETERSBURG — Police arrested a man they say fatally stabbed another Saturday night in a fight over a bicycle.

Authorities were called about the knifing at Williams Park just before 5 p.m., dispatchers said.

Witnesses and St. Petersburg police said two men were arguing over the bike near the bus stop on First Avenue N at Fourth Street. One man stabbed the other in the neck, witnesses said.

The victim, who had not been identified Saturday night, later died at Bayfront Medical Center, police said.

Police arrested 50-year-old Kenneth J. Milton on a second-degree murder charge.

Anthony Salerno, 28, of St. Petersburg said he was making his way through the park, about to catch a bus home, when he saw the two men arguing. One man was trying to take the other's bike, Salerno said.

Salerno said the man who wanted the bike went into a "martial arts stance," and pulled out a knife.

Salerno called police when he saw the man with the knife swing at the other man.

He didn't realize at first that the victim had been hurt, he said.

"I thought he missed," he said.

The victim seemed as if he wasn't trying to make any trouble, Salerno said. He had his hands in his pockets, Salerno said, and told the other man he didn't want to fight.

"He was defenseless," Salerno said. "He wasn't trying to start nothing, just sitting there minding his business."

Several people saw the killing, police said, and pointed Milton out to officers.

Fight over bike leads to fatal stabbing in St. Petersburg 12/05/09 [Last modified: Saturday, December 5, 2009 10:26pm]
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