ST. PETERSBURG — After Bryan John Slackta finished stabbing his ex-girlfriend's new boyfriend early Thursday, he sent an obscene text message to the man, bragging about what he had just done, according to police.
Slackta, 32, fought with Sean Stein after showing up early Thursday morning at Stein's apartment at 2111 1/2 Seventh Ave. N, police said. As the two men brawled, Slackta pulled out a folding knife and stabbed Stein, 26, in the belly.
He continued to punch and kick Stein before fleeing, officials said.
St. Petersburg police were on their way to the scene after a caller to 911 reported the stabbing, when they spotted Slackta, his arm covered in blood, near Ninth Avenue N and 25th Street, police said.
Officers found the knife in Slackta's right front pants pocket, officials said. He admitted fighting with Stein, but claimed the stabbing was accidental.
He was arrested on a charge of attempted murder.
Stein was taken to Bayfront Medical Center where he underwent surgery, authorities said. His wound was not believed to be life threatening.
An investigation of the incident revealed that Slackta and Stein had exchanged several text messages prior to the fight, police said.
Authorities did not reveal the exact wording of the messages, but said Slackta appeared to be jealous of Stein's relationship with his ex-girlfriend and made threatening statements.
He was being held in the Pinellas County Jail Thursday on $50,000 bail.