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Stabbing suspect sought, while man arrested in SUV assault

The victim of one weekend confrontation in Hernando County remained in critical condition Monday, while the suspect in another had yet to be arrested, the Sheriff's Office said.

Sheriff's spokeswoman Denise Moloney declined to give the names of the two men involved in a stabbing early Sunday at 4520 Bimini Drive in Hernando Beach. The person who was stabbed was treated at a local hospital and released, she said.

In the other incident, which occurred Friday evening, deputies arrested Phillip Atkins, 28, of Spring Hill and charged him with running over his uncle with a sport utility vehicle during an argument. The uncle — Randall Nelson, 49, also of Spring Hill — was in critical condition Monday at Regional Medical Center Bayonet Point in Hudson, according to the hospital's marketing department.

The Sheriff's Office had initially responded after Atkins and his grandmother and stepgrandfather, Patricia and Larry Cummings, began arguing at the couple's home at 2079 Fentress Drive in Spring Hill.

When deputies left, Atkins climbed into his 1997 Ford Expedition with his girlfriend and 2-year-old son. But the argument continued, and Nelson threw a beer bottle at the SUV, according to a sheriff's report. Atkins drove in circles on the lawn and finally ran into Nelson, dragging him for 75 feet, the report states.

One witness saw Atkins back up and hit Nelson again, dragging him through the street and back into the yard, the Sheriff's Office said.

Atkins faces charges of aggravated battery and remained at Hernando County Detention Center on Monday in lieu of $100,000 bail.

Matt Mulch, 62, who lives across the street, said he came out of his house when he heard the commotion.

He said he waited with Nelson until paramedics arrived.

"You could see tire marks," Mulch said. "(Nelson) was lucid. He said he couldn't feel his legs. He was begging for help."

Stabbing suspect sought, while man arrested in SUV assault 06/17/13 [Last modified: Monday, June 17, 2013 8:06pm]
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