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Man arrested in Brooksville home invasion, stabbing

BROOKSVILLE — A man was arrested Monday morning in connection with an October home invasion and stabbing in Brooksville.

Edwin Alfredo Vargas Jr., 19, of New Port Richey was arrested on charges of attempted murder and armed robbery, according to records from the Hernando County Sheriff's Office.

On Oct. 10, according to the report, Vargas knocked on the door of Justin Pastore's home on Evergreen Avenue. Vargas asked whether a friend of his was in the house, and as Pastore opened the door, Vargas shoved it open, pulled out a knife and demanded that Pastore hand over his prescription pills. The two men struggled over the knife until Vargas pulled another blade out of his pocket, the report states.

The report said Vargas stabbed Pastore in his upper back and near his spine, and nearly cut his throat. During the fight, Pastore redirected one knife back at Vargas, slicing him above the knee.

Pastore, the report states, escaped and called 911. He told authorities he was missing about $200 in pills and was soon airlifted from the scene.

A woman told deputies she was with Vargas and his girlfriend just before the stabbing. According to the report, Felicia Cabrera said Vargas went to Pastore's house to buy the pills, but when Vargas returned, his hands were bloody and his leg was wounded.

Cabrera drove Vargas to a gas station, where he went into the restroom to clean up the blood and his injury, the report stated.

The report said Pastore identified Vargas in a photo lineup as the man who attacked him.

Man arrested in Brooksville home invasion, stabbing 01/31/11 [Last modified: Monday, January 31, 2011 10:30pm]
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