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Court documents reveal what happened during stabbing attack at Dyke Industries

Posted at 5:42 PM, Sep 12, 2019
and last updated 2019-09-12 19:30:11-04

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — The man accused of attacking co-workers at Dyke Industries had his first court appearance Thursday and it doesn't look like he's going to be let out anytime soon.

41-year-old Antwann Brown appeared in court on Thursday through a video conference.

The judge denied bond saying that he posed a safety threat to the community. Police say Brown stabbed five people at his work, Dyke Industries, early Wednesday morning.

Law enforcement now believes the attack was premeditated.

Court documents show when Brown first left Dyke Industries around 8:20 a.m. he had time to plan his attack.

That's when he called his pastor before going back inside to begin the attack. Brown also admits to being off his medication.

Court documents show it all started after Brown confronted his warehouse supervisor after he found out the business might be letting him go. The supervisor told investigators Brown reached into his pocket, as if he had a weapon.

That supervisor grabbed a piece of wood and asked Brown to clock out. We've learned Brown argued with an office assistant about being able to use the phone..but he eventually left the building.

That's when Antwann Brown called his pastor, leading the pastor to call 911.

Fast forward to Brown being detained. Documents show Brown actually admits to police he has a "gift that allows him to see into a person's soul," claims his pastor stole his gift and ability to sing.

Brown admits to police he was diagnosed with two mental illnesses and hasn't taken his medication since March. He says when he went back into the building he wanted to stab everything in front of him and could see demons in the people he attacked.

His sixth victim asked to be spared and Brown is quoted as saying "I'll spare you this time."

The fact that Brown changed course there, is what assures police that he had the ability to make a sound decision.

Pastor Harris didn't want to go on camera, but in a statement said:

"I was saddened to learn about the outcome of the incident that took place at Dyke Industries after speaking to Mr. Brown on Wednesday morning. As this is an ongoing investigation, I am asking that we allow members of law enforcement the latitude to thoroughly execute their responsibility in this investigation. Additionally, I ask that the public will join us as we embark upon promoting non-violence in our communities. Let us come together in fervent prayer of healing for the victims, their families, and everyone affected."