Hillsborough County
David Gee, Sheriff
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    Release Number: 11-359

    • For Immediate Release:
    • Public Information Office of Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office
    • October 28, 2011
    • Contact Person:
    • Debbie Carter : dcarter@hcso.tampa.fl.us
    • 813/247-8059

    Ongoing Dispute Over Money Turns Physical

    Deputies respond to a stabbing in Thonotassa.
    • Thursday
    • October 27, 2011
    • Time: 11:24 AM
    • Bay Hills Circle and CR 579
    • Thonotassa, FL

    Arrested:


    Erich Enrique Laferty
    DOB: 10/01/1989
    11618 Big Sky Circle
    Thonotassa, FL

    Charges:

    • Aggravated Battery w/Deadly Weapon
    • Aggravated Assault w/Deadly Weapon
    • Child Abuse

    Victims:

    Chelsea Stephens
    DOB: 1/14/1991
    10513 Bay Hills Circle
    Thonotassa, FL

    Billie Stephens
    DOB: 5/21/1973
    10513 Bay Hills Circle
    Thonotassa, FL

    19 month old female

    Details:

    On October 27, 2011, at 11:24 a.m. at the intersection of Bay Hills Circle and CR 579, the defendant, Erich Laferty and Billy Stephens were involved in a verbal altercation that turned physical. Laferty pulled a pocket knife and attacked the victim, Billie Stephens, with the knife. Billy Stephens sustained a severe laceration to his left cheek, stab wounds to the back of his left shoulder and lacerations to his left arm.

    The victim’s wife, Chelsea Stephens attempted to help Billie Stephens and the defendant then attempted to stab Chelsea Stephens with the knife but missed. Stephens and Laferty had on ongoing dispute for the past two weeks over money owed to the victim by the suspect. The victims and the defendant have known each other for approximately 5 months. The suspect was also charged with Child Abuse as a result of a 19 month old female witnessing the attack.
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