Pasco deputies: Jealousy led to screwdriver stabbing

NEW PORT RICHEY — One man stabbed another with a screwdriver after being spurned for a romantic rival, the Pasco County Sheriff's Office said.

Brian F. Downing, 50, showed up unannounced at the victim's home about 12:45 a.m. Thursday, and discovered him with another man, the report said.

The victim told Downing to leave, the report said, but Downing barged inside and pulled a small metal screwdriver out of his pocket. He threatened to kill the victim and scar his face, then began striking the victim, the report said.

Downing stabbed the victim on the left side of his neck and face three times, leaving blood spattered throughout the home, the report said. The victim's injuries were non-life-threatening.

Deputies talked to Downing later that morning at his own home. He told them he was at a restaurant when the attack happened. The report says deputies found traces of blood on his steering wheel and noticed a cut on his hand.

Downing, of 9207 Golf View Drive, was charged with attempted murder and armed burglary. He remained at the Land O'Lakes jail Friday without bond.

Pasco deputies: Jealousy led to screwdriver stabbing 06/25/10 [Last modified: Friday, June 25, 2010 4:18pm]

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