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Police: St. Petersburg man stabs brother in dispute over cigar

ST. PETERSBURG — A 51-year-old man was arrested early Tuesday after police said he stabbed his older brother in the shoulder when he told him not to light a cigar.

Gary Williams stabbed his 53-year-old brother, Dean, in the upper left shoulder just before 1 a.m. Friday in the St. Petersburg apartment they shared, at 300 35th Ave. N, police said.

The brothers were hanging out when Gary Williams took out a cigar, police said. Dean Williams told his brother that if he lit the cigar inside the apartment he would set the place on fire, police said.

Gary then reached for a "sharp instrument" and stabbed his brother once, police said.

Dean didn't stick around to find out what his brother stabbed him with — police said he ran next door to his other brother's apartment and called 911. Police believed alcohol played a role in the incident.

Gary Williams was being held without bail Tuesday.

It was the latest of several recent brother-on-brother attacks in the Tampa Bay area. Less than a month ago, two pairs of Tampa brothers were involved in violent shootings.

Freddie Honaker, 64, died June 27 after shooting his brother, Roger Honaker, 63, in the leg, and shooting himself in the head the day before.

Hours after Honaker's death, Hillsborough County deputies arrested James White, 32, of Tampa, after he allegedly shot his brother, 25-year-old Travis White, in the groin with a .40-caliber handgun.

Police: St. Petersburg man stabs brother in dispute over cigar 07/19/11 [Last modified: Tuesday, July 19, 2011 9:35pm]
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