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Stabbing inside bookstore near Thomasville Road and Village Square Boulevard

Incident occurred Tuesday afternoon
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Posted at 3:29 PM, Jun 21, 2022
and last updated 2022-06-22 17:04:13-04

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WTXL) — 

UPDATED 3:04 P.M., JUNE 22:

More details have been released regarding the stabbing that occurred Tuesday inside Books-A-Million.

Leon County court documents state that the suspect, John McFarland, approached the seated victim from the back and stabbed the victim four times in the back center of the head.

Police apprehended McFarland and found he had a red kitchen knife and a gray mesh glove. Officers also found that McFarland's name and description matched that of an endangered missing person call from the Apalachee Center.

In court Wednesday, a public defender was appointed to McFarland and he was denied bond.

According to Duval County court records, McFarland has a criminal history dating back to 2001 when he was charged with aggravated battery.

He was found mentally unstable to stand trial on different sets of charges in both 2005 and 2013 and was acquitted by reason of insanity on a 2008 charge.


UPDATED 3:58 P.M.: The Tallahassee Police Department is investigating a stabbing inside a bookstore.

According to the TPD Incident Synopsis report, at 1:42 p.m. officer responded to the Books-A-Million store located at the 3500 block of Thomasville Road regarding an adult male victim who had been stabbed inside the story by another man.

After stabbing the victim, the report notes the suspect left the store on foot.

Officers arriving at the scene located the suspect in the woods north of Killearn Center Boulevard and took him into custody.

The suspect was identified as 41-year-old John McFarland. McFarland has been charged with attempted murder.

The report notes that McFarland and the victim did not know one another.

The victim was transported to a local hospital with non-life threatening injuries.
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Law enforcement and emergency medical services officials responded to a stabbing at the Village Square shopping center at the intersection of Thomasville Road and Village Square Road Tuesday afternoon.

According to a law enforcement official, one person was stabbed. The injured individual sustained non-life threatening injuries.

This is a developing story.