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Pasco authorities say stabbing took place over $1.65 debt

HOLIDAY — $1.65 won't buy much booze.

But 29-year-old Ryan Anthony Haskins thought it was worth stabbing two people over the debt Wednesday night, according to a Pasco Sheriff's Office report.

"I stabbed him. I stabbed him over $1.65. I wanted my money to buy beer," Haskins told a deputy.

Haskins, who is listed as homeless and unemployed on the arrest report, had been staying at the Tahitian Resort on U.S. 19 in Holiday for the last month. He knocked on a neighbor's door to collect the tiny debt.

He got into an argument with a man and woman who answered the door. During the altercation, Haskins pulled out a Gerber folding knife and stabbed the man in the abdomen so deep the cut exposed his vital organs, the report said. He also cut him on the right arm, nicking an artery. The man was taken to Regional Medical Center Bayonet Point in Hudson and underwent emergency surgery.

Haskins also cut the woman in the hand as she tried to stop him from attacking the man.

After the incident, Haskins retreated back to his room, the report said. The woman said Haskins had accidently cut his own hand while opening the knife.

Haskins admitted to stabbing the two individuals, whom authorities did not identify, but told deputies he acted in self defense. Nonetheless, he was taken into custody and charged with attempted murder and aggravated battery with a deadly weapon early Thursday morning. He was being held without bail Thursday at the Land O'Lakes Detention Center.

Contact Josh Solomon at (813) 909-4613 or Follow @josh_solomon15.