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Tampa man accused of stabbing, beating 'best friend' during argument

TAMPA — The man had just been stabbed through the lung and beaten up with a wooden stick. Deputies had one question: Who did it?

My best friend, he said.

Raheem Rubin Carter, 32, of 14617 Grenadine Drive, Apt. 1, was arrested Wednesday night and accused of stabbing 33-year-old William Shanteloo with a pocketknife during an argument in the early hours of July 19, Hillsborough sheriff's deputies said.

Carter punctured Shanteloo's lung and torso and beat him with a wooden stick on his left arm, according to an arrest affidavit. It's not clear what the men were fighting about.

Hillsborough County sheriff's spokeswoman Debbie Carter said Shanteloo was taken to St. Joseph's Hospital with non-life threatening injuries and is in stable condition.

Carter was taken to the Hillsborough County Jail, where he remains in lieu of $10,000 bail. He was charged with aggravated battery with a deadly weapon, criminal mischief and violating probation from a previous charge of driving under the influence.

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