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Man is stabbed after breaking into apartment, St. Petersburg police say

ST. PETERSBURG — A man who broke into an apartment and beat a man with a stick Thursday night was hospitalized after the resident stabbed him five times with a knife, police said.

Colum Joseph Flaherty, 36, pounded on an apartment door at 3035 Milton St. about 9 p.m., according to the St. Petersburg Police Department.

Apartment resident Helen Timberlake, 44, who knows Flaherty, answered the door, police said. It's not clear what Flaherty wanted and Timberlake told "C.J." she was busy and closed the door.

She turned around and was walking away when Flaherty burst into the apartment, grabbed her by the hair and forced her to the ground, police said.

Timberlake screamed and her boyfriend, 35-year-old Christopher Oyer, walked into the room, police said

Oyer and Flaherty briefly argued before Flaherty left and returned with an object described as a 3-foot oak stick, police said.

Flaherty was hitting Oyer with the stick when Oyer picked up a knife and stabbed him three times in the shoulder, once on the cheek and once on the right side of his skull.

Timberlake ran to another apartment and called the police.

Police found Flaherty bleeding on the floor.

He was taken to Bayfront Medical Center for treatment.

Flaherty told police Oyer stabbed him for no reason, though he admitted he brought the club into the apartment.

Police said he had been drinking Four Loko, but couldn't say how much. The controversial drink has been under scrutiny recently because of its combination of alcohol and caffeine.

Flaherty faces a charge of burglary assault and was being held at the Pinellas County Jail on $50,000 bail.

Man is stabbed after breaking into apartment, St. Petersburg police say 11/19/10 [Last modified: Friday, November 19, 2010 10:07pm]
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