ST. PETERSBURG — A man stabbed 11 times by a teenager at a park on Friday is alert, speaking and eating, his sister said Sunday, but he can barely move his arms and his prognosis for recovery is uncertain.
Charles "Skip'' Gibbs' alleged attacker — 19-year-old Sascha Robert Weber — was arrested earlier Sunday and charged with attempted murder.
The sister, Carol Gibbs, said the arrest brought her relief.
"I'm very glad they caught the young man. Whatever his problem was, he needed to be off the streets permanently. I'm just sorry that a man (the accused) has ruined his life."
St. Petersburg police said in a news release Sunday that a witness identified Weber as the assailant. He was arrested just past midnight at his home in the 5000 block of 49th Avenue N, according to Pinellas County Jail records. Weber was booked at 1:35 a.m. on one count of second-degree attempted murder.
Weber, who also was arrested last year for burglary, was being held without bail. He is a German citizen, according to the arrest affidavit. A woman who answered the door at his home declined comment.
According to St. Petersburg police, Gibbs, 53, was on his daily walk late Friday morning at Northwest Recreation Center in the 5800 block of 22nd Avenue N.
Weber was riding a bike and came up to Gibbs from behind, police said. He made derogatory comments and then, for reasons yet unclear, stabbed Gibbs in the head, chest, stomach, back and hand. Then he fled.
Meanwhile, Gibbs left blood on the street as he stumbled a few blocks to his home in the 5900 block of 21st Avenue N. He reported the attack to his family, who called police.
Gibbs was taken to Bayfront Medical Center in critical condition. On Sunday, he was reported in stable condition.
"My brother is doing as well as can be expected," said Carol Gibbs. She said he is alert and speaking, but can barely move his arms.
"He is doing better," she said. "But there is no way to tell, because of the seriousness of the wounds, what the prognosis is going to be. Some of his stab wounds are very, very serious."
He knows what happened to him, the sister said, but he doesn't understand why it happened. Friends have stopped by to visit and offer support.
"No one can understand why this happened," Carol Gibbs said. "That's one question everyone would like to have answered."
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