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Man in Critical Condition After Convenience Store Attack

A Florida man is facing many charges for allegedly assaulting three people in a convenience store, leaving one in critical condition.

On September 16, a man went into a J&S Food Mart convenience store attached to a Sunoco gas station in Haines City. While inside, the 35-year-old allegedly violently confronted his 64-year-old ex-girlfriend. He allegedly grabbed a butcher knife and struck her in the face with it. A bystander tried to intervene, but the man reportedly hit him hard enough that he fell to the ground. While he was down, the man allegedly struck him in the head.

As the suspect was leaving the store, he allegedly struck another patron.

The authorities were notified, and law enforcement went to the location, but the suspect was already gone. They found the man who was reportedly knocked to the floor was still unconscious and in need of immediate medical care, so he was transported to a local hospital.

When the police believed they knew the suspect’s identity, they put out a local notice asking anyone with knowledge of his whereabouts to contact them.

On September 27, the sheriff’s office in Lake County was notified about the possibility of the man being at a Publix grocery store in Clermont. The suspect was still there when they arrived.

The man was taken into custody inside the store and was booked into the Lake County Detention Center. He is facing several preliminary charges, including attempted second-degree murder, armed burglary with battery, burglary with battery, criminal mischief, and stalking. He is being held without bail and will be incarcerated in the Polk County Jail.

At the time this was written, the man with the head injury was still in critical condition.

If you or someone you love is suspected of a criminal offense, contact Orange County criminal defense lawyer Staycie R. Sena at (949) 477-8088 for a consultation now.

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