A St. Petersburg man has been charged with attempted murder after police say he stabbed his ex-girlfriend's boyfriend this morning and then sent him a text message bragging about.
Bryan John Slackta, 32, sent several threatening text messages to his ex-girlfriend's current boyfriend before going to his apartment in the 2000 block of 7th Avenue North, said Mike Puetz, spokesman for the St. Petersburg Police Department.
Slackta confronted the 26-year-old boyfriend and the two got into a fight, Puetz said. During the fight, Slackta stabbed the victim in the stomach and then continued to hit, kick and head butt him, Puetz said.
After he left, Slackta sent an obscene text message to the victim, bragging about what he had done, Puetz said.
As police were responding to the stabbing at 6:50 a.m., they saw Slackta leaving the area with blood covering his right arm, Puetz said. Police found a folding knife in Slackta's right front pocket, Puetz said.
Slackta told officers that he was involved in a fight with the victim and that he accidentally stabbed him, Puetz said.
Officers found the victim at the scene and took him to Bayfront Medical Center for surgery with what were described as not life-threatening injuries.
Police believe Slackta was motivated by jealousy.
Slackta was charged with attempted first-degree murder.