Wednesday, January 24, 2018
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Teen charged in attack on homeless man in Tarpon Springs

TARPON SPRINGS — Officers arrested a teenager and are searching for another in connection with the stabbing of a homeless man last week, police said.

About 8 p.m. Thursday, Robert Deegan, 48, was outside the Long Ashes convenience store at 311 S Pinellas Ave. when a fight broke out with two boys, ages 16 and 13. The older teen stabbed him in the torso with a knife, Tarpon Springs police said.

As Deegan ran away, the other teenager threw a piece of concrete at him, police said. Officers found Deegan bleeding about 100 yards away from the store. He was taken to Bayfront Health St. Petersburg, and was released by Monday morning, police said. The 13-year-old, whom police have not identified because he is a juvenile, was arrested Thursday and faces a charge of aggravated assault. Police were searching Monday for the other teen, who faces a charge of aggravated battery.

Deegan was also the victim of a stabbing five years ago. In August 2008, he was stabbed in the head, neck and underarm during a scuffle at a transient camp near the former Tarpon Pines Mobile Home Park at 1103 S Pinellas Ave. He and another homeless man had been drinking and arguing, police said then. Deegan was hospitalized and later released, police said.

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