Man arrested for stabbing over reported $2 debt

- A 30 year-old man has been arrested after stabbing another man over a reported $2 debt.

Winter Haven Police say 30-year-old Michael Stevenson approached the 36-year-old victim while walking along 3rd St. N.W. in Winter Haven around 5:20 Friday evening.

According to the victim, Stevenson told him that he wanted the $2 he was owed back. When the victim argued over the supposed debt, Stevenson stabbed the victim in the upper back and ran away.

Police say the victim fell to the ground, but immediately got up and ran to his house on Palmetto Ave. N.W.  A witness in the area called 911, and emergency personnel responded. Officers circulated the area looking for Stevenson, but couldn't find him at that time.
 
Due to the severity of his injuries, the victim was airlifted to Lakeland Regional Health where he was listed in critical condition Friday night. Police say as of Saturday, he was in stable condition.
 
Authorities tracked Stevenson down Saturday at his home after getting a warrant for his arrest. They said he has an extensive criminal history and was booked into the Polk County Jail on charges of attempted second degree murder with a deadly weapon.

"This senseless attack on a citizen walking in his own neighborhood is tragic," said Chief Charlie Bird. "I applaud the swift actions of the residents in the neighborhood who worked with us along with the victim to identify Stevenson and get him behind bars."

The investigation is ongoing.

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