Police investigate deadly stabbing at Atlantic Beach home

The incident happened in the Royal Palms subdivision near Saifish Drive and Redfin Drive.

ATLANTIC BEACH, Fla. – Homicide detectives called to a suspicious death early Monday morning on Redfin Drive at Sailfish Drive said a man was stabbed several times.

Police said a resident of the home who called 911 about 1:15 a.m. but didn’t yet know that person’s relationship with the victim. They are interviewing that caller but don’t consider that person a suspect.

The Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office is assisting the Atlantic Beach police with the investigation. Crime scene technicians had to wait on a search warrant to go inside and begin gathering evidence. Police are also searching for any surveillance video.

Neighbors told News4Jax the people in that house moved in about a year ago but didn’t know much about them.

“It’s totally unexpected,” neighbor Rachel Alston said. “This neighborhood is walkable and comfortable for our family. I’m totally surprised that we have police tape and commotion going on."

News4Jax crime and safety expert Ken Jefferson said if this is a domestic killing, it there shouldn’t be a threat to public safety -- but police haven’t said.

“If it’s a domestic thing where people living in the house had some sort of confrontation and it resulted in people being stabbed, there’s nothing to be concerned about (for) the neighbors as far as crime in the neighborhood,” Jefferson said. “However, if it’s a burglary or home invasion of some sort, then there should be concern.”

Anyone with information about the incident is asked to call the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office at 904-630-0500 or Crime Stoppers at 866-845-TIPS.


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Ashley Harding joined the Channel 4 news team in March 2013 and reports every weekday for The Morning Show.

Specializes in Clay County issues, general assignment reporting and stories off the beaten path and anchors weekend evening newscasts.