Port St. Joe Stabbing Arrest

By: Candace White
By: Candace White

Investigators from several Panhandle law enforcement agencies say they've solved a double stabbing case. The incident happened on October 13.

A grandfather and grandson were fishing off the George Tapper Bridge in Port St. Joe when two men attacked them.

Sixty-eight-year-old Bennie Robledo and another man reportedly began arguing with the grandfather. Then they allegedly pulled knives and threatened the elderly man.

"The young boy saved his grandad's life. Allegedly the two suspects were wrestling with the older man, when the young boy stepped in, and then he was stabbed."

The grandfather was stabbed three times, and the teen was struck once.

"Surprisingly they're doing very well considering they both had punctured lungs, and the 13-year-old boy had a nicked liver."

Initially, Robledo's arrest on attempted murder charges put the victims' family a bit more at ease. But they say they're now shocked to discover he's already out of jail.

"He was set at a $50,000 bond and he has already posted that bond and been released."

The Port St. Joe police, Gulf County Sheriff's Office, the Florida Department Of Law Enforcement, the State Attorney's Office and the Leon County Sheriff's Office are all staying with the case, now working to find the second suspect.

"We're trying to verify information. Once that's accomplished we will more in the direction of getting arrest warrants signed by the judge."

As they search, the victims and their family are still left to worry and wonder.

"Who in their right mind would stab an elderly gentleman and his grandson down on the beach fishing?"

If you have any information about this case or the other suspect, please call your local law enforcement.


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