A Mims man faces multiple charges, including attempted murder, following a stabbing incident that occurred on Tuesday night.
Sheriff Wayne Ivey of the Brevard County Sheriff’s Office provided additional details in a recent video posted on Facebook assuring the community that the suspect, Larry Rudolph Speer Jr., 39, is now in custody.
Deputies were dispatched to a residence on Macco Road around 10 p.m. after receiving reports of a stabbing. Upon arrival, they found three individuals in the driveway.
Sheriff Ivey described the attack; “the uninjured victim actually heard her mom yelling in the bedroom, she went with another family member to the bedroom. When they opened the door spear was inside was actually choking the victim and then stabbed the victim grabbed a knife and stabbed the victim. Spear then broke an item and struck the other family member in the head. Walk through them went into the kitchen, grabbed another knife and went back into the bedroom and started stabbing the initial victim multiple times again.”
Sheriff Ivey, “Our game over Task Force got involved so that they can try and locate Speer,” said Ivey. Speer was eventually located at the Ramada Inn in Titusville. Ivey said, “They noticed blood on the door so they they backed away he got a search warrant. And then once they got the search warrant they made an entry into the room. When they made the entry into the room. What they found is that he had tried to barricade the door using the nightstand and some furniture a ultimately find him locked in the bathroom. They breached that door and he’s standing there with a machete.” Ivey said Speer was arrested without incident.
The victim, whose identity will not disclosed by TalkOfTitusville.com, was transported to the hospital. Both the sheriff’s office and Ivey confirmed that she is in serious condition but is expected to survive.
Sheriff Ivey expressed frustration with the criminal justice system, noting that Speer has been arrested on 15 different felony charges and has violated probation seven times. “He was just given another opportunity and put on probation just 12 days ago,” Ivey revealed.
Sheriff Ivey called for a reevaluation of the criminal justice system. “When does it stop? When does the criminal justice system say enough of this?” he questioned. Ivey expressed hope that this time, the system would keep Speer incarcerated for life, stating, “You need to be locked up for the rest of your life so you can’t victimize anyone else.”