NEW PORT RICHEY — An argument between people "engaging in illegal narcotics activity" ended with one man stabbed multiple times and another man charged with attempted murder, according to New Port Richey Police.
The attack happened about 2:30 p.m. Thursday, while Karen Kodritsch, 46, was driving two men in her Oldsmobile. The front seat passenger, Cory R. Craig, 30, got into an argument with the back seat passenger, Ernest A. Pagnozzi, a 28-year-old transient.
Police said Craig pulled a knife and began stabbing Pagnozzi. The attack continued as Kodritsch stopped the car in the middle of the road at Jasmine and Bamboo lanes. Craig stabbed Pagnozzi several times in the upper body and hands as Pagnozzi tried to fend off the attack, officers said.
Pagnozzi then escaped from the back seat and took refuge in a nearby house. He was eventually transported to Community Hospital in New Port Richey, then flown to Bayfront Medical Center, where his condition stabilized Thursday evening. His injuries are no longer considered life-threatening, police said.
Craig, of New Port Richey, was charged with attempted murder. Kodritsch, the driver, also of New Port Richey, was charged with possession of cocaine and drug paraphernalia.
Both were booked at the Land O'Lakes jail.