The man who police say stabbed a person inside Books-A-Million was absent from the Apalachee Center medical clinic before his arrest, court records show.
Tallahassee Police Department officers were called to the scene of a stabbing at the bookstore around 1:42 p.m. and followed the man, John McFarland, to Delaney Drive and Killearn Center Boulevard, according to an affidavit. of arrest.
At gunpoint, police put handcuffs around his wrists and found a red kitchen knife in a red holder on his person, court records show. He also had a mesh glove in his pocket.
Soon they connected McFarland, 41, to a “missing person in danger call” from the Apalachee Center.
Apalachee Center President and CEO Dr. Jay Reeve said he could not comment on the specific clinical details of the case due to federal confidentiality standards.
He said, however, that those who leave the mental health facility without permission are reported to law enforcement as a missing person as soon as possible.
“Apalachee Center is extremely grateful to the talented and dedicated officers of the Tallahassee Police Department for their quick response to this situation, and join the rest of the community in our concern and prayers for the community member who was injured,” Reeve said in a statement. “Apalachee also considers it very important to remember that the vast majority of people with mental illness are not violent towards others, as research has repeatedly shown”
Initial story:Tallahassee police make arrest after customer stabbed inside Books-A-Million
Shortly after McFarland’s arrest, police contacted the manager of Books-A-Million who released the investigators’ security camera footage.
The camera captured McFarland walking inside the store before approaching the victim – who was sitting with three people in the cafe – and quickly stabbing him four times.
McFarland then ran out of the store and dropped the knife near the nearby Publix supermarket, court records show.
The injured man, who did not know his attacker, was taken to Tallahassee Memorial HealthCare with non-life-threatening injuries.
At least three witnesses positively identified McFarland as the man responsible for the attack, according to an affidavit.
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