GREENACRES, Fla. - A 20-year-old man is in critical but stable condition after being stabbed Saturday morning in Greenacres.
Greenacres police say a fight broke out around 3:30 a.m. between two men at the McDonald's at the corner of Forest Hill Blvd. and Jog Rd.
Police say Randy Garcia, 18, charged into the McDonald's and was the aggressor in a fight with Travis DeMond, 20, inside the restaurant.
According the the probably cause affadavit, witnesses told police Garcia and DeMond started fighting inside the restaurant before the fight moved into the parking lot. After the parking lot the report says it then moved into Forest Hill Boulevard. When police arrived they found DeMond lying on the corner of Forest Hill Boulevard and Jog Road with multiple stab wounds.
DeMond was transported by Trauma Hawk to the hospital and was initially stated by doctors to be in "very critical" condition, the report states.
Sunday morning, DeMond's mother Liz said he was in critical, but stable condition with stab wounds to his torso. She said one of the wounds penetrated his lung.
At Garcia's first appearance, he was denied bond and his father said he didn't want to comment on the charges, but he didn't believe his son should be charged with attempted homicide.
The events happened just a few weeks before Garcia’s birthday.
A lawyer representing the state said DeMond’s lung and heart were both penetrated by the knife.
DeMond’s mother, Liz, said it is her youngest boy and it is very tough on the family.
Officers say McDonald's surveillance video shows DeMond and his friend try to go into the men's bathroom as two girls go in, but can't get in.
The report states they finally got in and the two girls left the bathroom, laughing and walking with Garcia.
Soon after, “Garcia immediately runs at nearly full sprint into the men’s restroom. Several seconds later Garcia, DeMond and (DeMond’s friend) are seen coming out of the restroom fighting,” according to the affidavit. The fight then continued outside.
Initially Garcia didn’t want to talk to the police in questioning, but the report said he later spoke and said that while fighting across the street from McDonald's he pulled out his 3 inch pocket knife and told DeMond, "back up and stop. I have a pocket knife." Garcia claims, according to the affidavit, that DeMond still approached him and "swing at him" so he stabbed DeMond once in the torso in self defrnse.
The report also has a witness stating DeMond was “bent over with his hand up in a defensive manor and not fighting back.”
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