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Knife attack leaves Pasco man in jail

PORT RICHEY — Reports say William Clyne told his ex-girlfriend he was coming for her. That's why Patricia Souza had her brother Stephen Collerton staying over for the past two weeks.

About 12:40 a.m. Tuesday, Pasco deputies say, Collerton, 39, was sleeping on the couch when he heard a knock at the door. He dialed 911, but it was too late.

The door flew open with a loud bang. Clyne charged in with a knife headed straight for Collerton. They grappled. Clyne, 44, left shallow cuts on Collerton's throat and hands and yelled "I'm going to kill you!" deputies reported.

Collerton wrestled the knife from Clyne, who ran from the house, the report said.

Souza would later tell deputies she woke to the crash of the door and saw the fight from outside her bedroom door. Collerton was taken to a hospital with injuries that aren't life-threatening. Reports say Clyne was also hurt in the scuffle.

Souza and Clyne have lived together at 7336 Moravian Drive on-and-off for three years and have a child together, she said. She kicked him out of their home two weeks ago, then the threats started. The last he made to Souza's mother an hour and a half before he kicked in the door, the report states.

Deputies took Clyne into custody where he denied being involved in the incident. When asked about cuts on his arms and hands, the report states, he declined to comment. Deputies arrested Clyne, of 15419 Nava St., later that morning on charges of armed burglary and attempted murder. He remained in the Land O'Lakes jail Tuesday afternoon without bail.

Staff writer Meredith Rutland also contributed to this report. Contact Alex Orlando at or (727) 869-6247.

Knife attack leaves Pasco man in jail 04/02/13 [Last modified: Tuesday, April 2, 2013 6:33pm]
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