Officers Respond to Attempt Homicide and Subdue Suspect with Taser
Arrested is Charles Alvaris Dawson, 33, of the 1400 block of 28th Street North, in St. Petersburg
Sunday, a little after 1:00 a.m. officers responded to a call about a person that was stabbed. When they arrived, police found a 17 year old female victim lying in the alley behind that address with numerous stab wounds to her neck and upper body.
Several officers found the victim’s boyfriend, Charles Dawson inside a bedroom of the residence armed with a 10 inch kitchen knife. Dawson was suffering from several self inflicted stab wounds to his upper body and refused to drop the knife when ordered to do so by officers. Dawson was very aggressive, threatening to harm himself and the officers if they got any closer to him.
The police eventually had to taser Dawson and then disarmed and restrained him.
From speaking with witnesses at the scene, it appears the Dawson and the victim were having an verbal argument inside the home when the girl decided to leave, but Dawson followed her outside and then witnesses heard the victim screaming in the alley. They saw the girl lying in the alley with Dawson on top of her stabbing her repeatedly.
At one point Dawson’s mother, who also resides at the home, came out and attempted to pull him away, but without success. Eventually Dawson went back inside and started to stab himself.
The victim was found to have serious life-threatening injuries and was transported to Bayfront Medical Center where she remains in critical condition. Her next of kin has not been yet been notified and her name is being withheld at this time.
Dawson was also transported to a local hospital, but his injuries do not appear to be life threaten. He was charged with Attempted Homicide and remains hospitalized under police guard.