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Monday, April 1, 2013
Man allegedly stabs three family members

ISLAMORADA -- A California man is in jail, charged with stabbing three family members with a knife.

When Deputy Joshua Brady arrived at the house on Galleon Road in Islamorada at 9:45 p.m. Saturday, he found three injured people. The suspect's mother and aunt had wounds on their arms and the suspect's uncle had reportedly been stabbed in the abdomen. There was also blood all over the floor of the living room, according to police reports.

The uncle was yelling "he's in there," pointing to another room. The suspect's mother was hysterical, yelling at the deputy to leave "him" alone and not to hurt him, meaning the suspect, 20-year-old Jacob Knapper of Agoura Hills, Calif.

Suddenly, Knapper ran out of the other room, straight at Deputy Brady, yelling for the deputy to shoot him, reports state.

The deputy could see Knapper had no weapons in his hands, so he grabbed him and secured the suspect until backup officers arrived. Knapper was then handcuffed and taken into custody.

The cause of the attack remains unclear. Knapper's aunt says he called a friend of hers a nasty name in front of the friend's children. A confrontation ensued when the uncle told Knapper not to talk like that in front of children. Knapper reportedly told him he could talk any way he wanted, then grabbed a knife and stabbed the uncle and aunt.

The mother tells a different story. She says the uncle yelled at his daughter and Knapper told him not to. She says the uncle told Knapper to get out of the house and, while she and Knapper were packing to leave, the uncle and aunt came into the room. She said Knapper felt threatened and grabbed the knife to protect her. She said she saw her son swing the knife multiple times, injuring all three of them.

There were three children on the scene at the time of the stabbing. They were not injured. The uncle was transported to Mariner's Hospital for treatment of his injuries.

Knapper faces three counts of aggravated battery and resisting arrest.

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