As the Blogfather likes to say, “Florida Man…”
In this latest example of Florida being Florida, a Port Orange man is being held without bond for a Thanksgiving Day knife attack on his elderly parents.
Edwin Daugherty was arrested Thursday on two counts of attempted murder. He remained emotionless as he faced a judge Friday morning and at times, he glared at his attorney.
Deputies said they found Daugherty, 34, walking down the street Thursday when they responded to a call in the 2300 block of Costa Del Sol Drive in Port Orange.
Deputies believe Daugherty became irate during an argument with his 72-year-old mother, Patsy Daugherty, the Volusia County Sheriff’s Office said.
The argument became physical when Edwin Daugherty placed his mother in a headlock, and then placed his 76-year-old father, Thomas Daugherty, in a headlock when he tried to intervene, deputies said.
The Sheriff’s Office said that Edwin Daugherty grabbed a steak knife with a 4-inch blade after pushing his father to the ground and stabbed his father multiple times in the chest. The Sheriff’s Office added that when Patsy Daugherty tried to help her husband, Edwin Daugherty stabbed her, too.
It’s not known what prompted the initial argument.
OK, so this doesn’t reach “peak-Florida” the way that the man who held up a drive-thru with an alligator, but still, this is another case of Florida providing a punchline for the world, a tradition dating back to 1845.