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5 People Stabbed in Tallahassee, Suspect in Custody

By The Associated Press

TALLAHASSEE, Florida—A man ordered to leave a construction-supply business after quarreling with co-workers returned minutes later and stabbed five employees on Wednesday, Sept. 11 in Florida’s capital, seriously wounding one of them, authorities said.

Police in Tallahassee were still trying to determine what set off the suspect and prompted him to pull out a pocketknife and stab co-workers before fleeing the workplace on foot. They identified the suspect as Antwann Brown, 41.

“It appeared that he actually sought out certain victims,” interim Police Chief Steven Outlaw said during a news conference just yards from the business.

One victim was in serious condition at a hospital, two were in fair condition and another two were in good condition, said Tallahassee Memorial Healthcare spokeswoman Danielle Buchanan.

Brown was apprehended without a struggle close to Dyke Industries, which supplies doors and windows to residential and commercial customers. Police said he had worked there for just over three months.

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Tallahassee police investigate the scene of multiple stabbings in Tallahassee, Florida on Sept. 11, 2019. (Tori Schneider/Tallahassee Democrat via AP)

Outlaw said there was no indication of any pending employment actions against Brown. A company representative didn’t immediately return a request for comment.

Police said Brown clocked in at about 8 a.m. as he normally should. Minutes later, “he was engaged in some kind of dispute at work,” Outlaw said, “and clocked out at 8:20.” Outlaw could not elaborate on what the dispute was about.

When the suspect later returned and began attacking people, other co-workers fended him off with sticks and whatever they could grab, according to Outlaw, calling those “heroic” actions. The co-workers pinned down the suspect, but he escaped.

Police respond to a stabbing incident at Dyke Industries in Tallahassee, Fla., on Sept. 11, 2019. (Courtesy of WTXL)

Court records show Brown has a lengthy arrest record, mostly for drug offenses, dating back from when he was in his teens. He had past arrests for resisting arrest without violence, trespassing, grand theft and domestic battery. The battery charge was dropped in 2014.

Dyke Industries

According to the company’s website, it is “the largest online retailer of wood, steel and fiberglass exterior, interior, storm and patio doors, and door products in the U.S. today.”

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Dyke Industries in Tallahassee, Florida in a file photograph. (Google Maps)

The company has been in business since 1866 and is the corporate successor to two millwork manufacturing companies, Dyke Bros., established in Fort Smith, Arkansas, and Cole Manufacturing Company, established in Memphis, Tennessee.

The company has 15 distribution outlets that “are strategically located providing 18 states with a broad line of residential and commercial building materials including interior and exterior doors, millwork, and windows,” the website stated.

By Bobby Caina Calvan

Epoch Times reporter Zachary Stieber contributed to this report.