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Stabbing suspect showed pattern of domestic violence

Domestic violence can encompass a wide variety of crimes and offenses. At its most basic level, verbal abuse and physical threats can constitute a pattern of domestic violence. These incidents must be investigated and confronted before they become a far greater hazard.

Police in Palm Bay are investigating the circumstances of a knife attack that left one woman dead and another injured just before noon on a recent Sunday. Patrolmen responded to a call from local residents to find a grisly scene.

A 47-year-old woman was found unresponsive with multiple stab wounds. She was transported to Holmes Regional Medical Center, where she succumbed to her injuries. Another woman was found with nonlife-threatening injuries after she attempted to stop the attack.

The suspect, the 48-year-old sister of the surviving victim, was taken into custody by law enforcement without further incident. She had been discovered outside the apartment holding a large kitchen knife.

Police reported that the attack took place inside the apartment and on the driveway outside. They also released details of previous encounters with the suspect, as well as charges for assault and domestic violence over the past three years.

Previous behavior patterns, as well as earlier incidents recorded by law enforcement, are risk factors in future domestic attacks. It is important to report suspicious behavior by known perpetrators of domestic violence, as well as violent behavior by any member of a household.

Legal resources, including representation, can help encourage investigation and make victims and their families whole if an incident occurs. Your attorney can provide more information on your legal options.

Source: Florida Today, "Suspect, victims identified in fatal Palm Bay stabbing," Tyler Vazquez, Sep. 03, 2017

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