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14-026 Botched Drug Deal Results In Palm Harbor Man Being Stabbed

Who:
Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office
-Patrol Operations Bureau

Suspect:
James Jennings (Arrested)
12/27/95
3531 Oxford Dr.
Holiday, Fl.

Charges:
Attempted Murder

Victim:
Francisco Antonio Caraffa
10/7/93
2350 Cypress Pond Rd. unit 1116
Palm Harbor, Fl.

What:  During confrontation over a drug deal, a Palm Harbor man was stabbed multiple times.

Where:
2350 Cypress Pond Rd. unit 1116
Palm Harbor, Fl.

When:  The incident took place at approx. 1:40 a.m. on 2/14/2014.

How/Why:  

At approximately 1:40 a.m. this morning, Pinellas County Deputies responded to 2350 Cypress Pond Rd. unit 1116, in Palm Harbor due to an individual being stabbed.  Upon their arrival, deputies rendered aid to victim Francisco Antonio Caraffa who had been stabbed multiple times.  Bayflight arrived at the scene a short time later and took Caraffa to a local hospital with serious but non-life threatening injuries.

During the course of the investigation, it was learned that suspect James Jennings had sold Caraffa fake narcotics (cocaine) prior to the altercation.  At Caraffa’s residence later in the evening, he confronted Jennings about the quality of his drugs.  The confrontation escalated and eventually turned physical.  After a brief skirmish, Caraffa thinking he had only been punched, noticed an exorbitant amount of blood on his clothing.  It turned out he had been stabbed multiple times by Jennings.

The PCSO K-9 Unit tracked Jennings not far from the original scene and took him into custody without incident.

Upon questioning, Jennings admitted to the confrontation but denied stabbing Caraffa.

Jennings is being held at the Pinellas County Jail without bond

The investigation continues.

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