Man stabbed several times; suspect arrested

Published: Saturday, July 13, 2013 at 5:44 p.m.
Last Modified: Saturday, July 13, 2013 at 5:44 p.m.

A Gainesville man was arrested on an attempted murder charge early Saturday morning on allegations that he stabbed a man while several people were watching a movie, Gainesville police reported.

Charged was Howard Rosen, 59, of 5010 Waldo Road, Lot 114, according to an arrest report.

The incident happened about 12:15 a.m. as several people were watching a movie, police said. At one point, Rosen and the victim, Christopher Simpson, went outside.

When Simpson returned, he had blood on his shirt and had been stabbed in the throat, the report states.

Witnesses told police that Rosen returned and attacked Simpson again, stabbing him several times in the torso. Simpson also had wounds on his hand from trying to defend himself, police reported.

One of the witnesses intervened to stop Rosen, police said, adding that all the people involved appeared to be intoxicated.

Simpson was taken to UF Health Shands Hospital and was in stable condition, the report states. He told police he knows Rosen and that Rosen attacked him without warning.

Rosen said he did not remember stabbing Simpson when questioned by police but he did admit to owning a knife that matches the description of the knife that was recovered at the scene, police reported.

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