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Tallahassee carjacking suspect arrested after stabbing victims, fleeing to Georgia

Posted at 1:27 PM, Apr 27, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-27 13:31:27-04

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WTXL) — A man has been arrested after police say he stabbed two victims in their sleep in Tallahassee, stole a vehicle and then fled to Georgia.

According to the Tallahassee Police Department, officers responded to the 1900 block of Nani Drive to investigate a stabbing on March 12.

Police say the two victims reported they had been sleeping in a van with an acquaintance, later identified as Anthony Coleman, 41, when he suddenly attacked them with a sharp object in their sleep.

They say one victim, a woman, was in the driver’s seat, the male victim was in the passenger side seat and Coleman was in the second row behind them when the attack began.

During the struggle, Coleman got the car started and the two victims managed to escape before Coleman drove off.

Both victims were transported to a local hospital where they were treated for their injuries.

At the time of the crime, the suspect was only known to the victims as “Tattoo Johnny,” based on the fact he was a street tattoo artist.

During the investigation, officers identified the suspect and believed he fled to Crandall, Georgia following the crime.

Warrants were obtained last week for Armed Carjacking and two counts of Aggravated Battery with a Deadly Weapon.

Investigators then contacted the Murray County Sheriff’s Department for assistance in locating Coleman.

Coleman was captured on Saturday in a motel in Chatsworth, Georgia. He is being held in Georgia, awaiting extradition to Florida.

At this time, the van Coleman stole during the crime has not been recovered.