ST. PETERSBURG — A 17-year-old Lakewood High student was stabbed while walking home from the second day of school.
The injured teen returned to the school to call for help, prompting a temporary lockdown at the school, 1400 54th Ave. S, about 1 p.m. He was taken to Bayfront Medical Center, where he was listed in stable condition, police said.
Antrwane Thompson, 18, was arrested two hours later on charges of aggravated battery, trespassing on school grounds, possession of a concealed weapon and possession of marijuana with intent to distribute.
Wednesday was an early release day, so classes let out at 12:15 p.m.
The victim and his cousin, also a Lakewood student, were cutting through Lake Vista Park at 1401 62nd Ave. S when they encountered a hostile Thompson, police said.
He apparently had a beef with the victim, a police spokesman said. They exchanged words, and their feud escalated.
Details are sketchy, but police said Thompson pulled out a small paring knife and stabbed the student in his left side.
Thompson then chased the victim as he ran back to school to get help, police said. Thompson briefly entered the campus before fleeing on a BMX bike.
After officers determined that the attacker was no longer on campus, the lockdown was lifted after 15 minutes.
A school campus monitor later saw Thompson north of the school, riding through Lakewood Estates around 2:30 p.m., and called police. Officers said they found the knife and small amounts of marijuana on Thompson.
Thompson, whose address was listed as 1459 Alcazar Way S, was released from the Pinellas County jail on Aug. 18 after being arrested on a charge of possession of marijuana. He was back in jail Wednesday, being held in lieu of an unspecified bail.