Police: Suspect in custody after people stabbed at Tallahassee, Florida workplace

Posted at 10:26 AM, Sep 11, 2019
and last updated 2019-09-11 14:53:12-04

The suspect in a workplace mass stabbing Wednesday was an employee at the company who sought out his victims, Florida police said.

Antwann D. Brown, 41, is accused of stabbing five employees with a folding knife at Dyke Industries, Tallahassee police said.

All five stabbing victims were taken to Tallahassee Memorial HealthCare. Earlier, the hospital said it had taken in six patients from the attack.

“One patient is in serious condition; two patients are in fair condition; and two patients are in good condition,” a statement from the hospital read.

Dyke Industries manufactures doors and is “the largest online retailer of wood, steel and fiberglass exterior, interior, storm and patio doors and door products in the US today,” its website says.

Brown tried to flee the building after the attack, said Steve Outlaw, the interim Tallahassee police chief.

But several employees armed themselves with whatever they could, engaged the suspect and held him on the ground before officers arrived, police said. Brown was captured about a block away from the scene.

While the suspect apparently sought out his victims, there was no evidence that the attack was premeditated, Outlaw said.

The motive for the attack remains unclear.

Brown had worked at Dyke Industries for 3 1/2 months and had no known employment issues, police said. But Brown had some type of dispute at work Wednesday morning prior to the attack, Outlaw said.

Brown was asked to clock out as a result, the acting police chief said, without giving more details about the dispute.

The suspect clocked out at 8:20 a.m. — 17 minutes before police responded to a report of a stabbing.