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Friday, January 25, 2013
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'Antagonizing' dancing allegedly leads to stabbing

A homeless man accused of stabbing a man in the neck Wednesday night on the 200 block of Duval Street has been charged with attempted murder.

Reinel Molina, 37, stabbed Jerry Fratelli, 34, of Key West, in the neck with a 6-inch knife at 10 p.m. at 215 Duval St., Key West police Chief Donie Lee said Thursday morning on US-1 Radio.

"[Fratelli was] flown to Ryder Trauma Center (in Miami) Wednesday night, but I don't believe the injuries were life-threatening, and the flight was more precautionary," Lee said.

Officers arrived at 9:57 p.m. to find Fratelli lying on the sidewalk with a puncture wound near his collarbone, and a friend pointing to Molina saying, "He stabbed my friend," according to police incident reports.

One witness who had been at Shorty's Market reported seeing Molina stab Fratelli -- who was dancing -- in the neck.

That witness told police that Molina "pulled out what appeared to be a corkscrew and stabbed Fratelli," reports say.

Surveillance footage from Shorty's Market shows Fratelli in front of the store and Molina "suddenly strike at Fratelli with his right hand," as Fratelli takes several steps backward out of camera range, reports say.

"The video shows Fratelli followed Molina north on Duval Street to the newspaper stands in front of 215 Duval St.," reports say.

"The video showed Fratelli dancing in the direction of Molina in what appeared to be an antagonizing manner."

Molina was picked up near the scene and taken to be interviewed at the Police Station, where he allegedly admitted to stabbing Fratelli, saying Fratelli was "disrespecting" him, reports say.

A knife allegedly was found in Molina's front pocket when he was detained. Police described the knife as about 6 inches long with a forked, curved blade. that appeared to have blood on it, reports say.

Molina remained at Monroe County Detention Center on Stock Island Thursday in lieu of $250,000 bail.

No other information was available on Fratelli's condition at press time.

alinhardt@keysnews.com

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