CITRUS COUNTY, Fla. -- A man has been jailed for using a sword to attack his former girlfriend and then running her over with his truck, according to the Citrus County Sheriff's Office. The Alert Citrus system got the tip that led to his arrest.
About 10:30 p.m. Sunday, deputies responded to a home on East Benjamin Street after receiving a call that a woman was being stabbed.
Deputies found Brandi Blevins, 42, of Hernando, dead in the front yard. A witness, who was also staying at the home, told deputies that the suspect, Eric Huffman, 41, of Hernando, had fled on foot.
The sheriff's office issued an Alert Citrus notification to residents within a one-mile radius asking them to lock their doors, be on the lookout for an armed subject, and call 911 if they saw anyone suspicious.
Residents made several 911 calls reporting they had seen the suspect. While deputies, K9 teams and aviation were canvassing the area, a neighbor told deputies there was a man on her back pool deck. Deputies responded and took Huffman into custody without incident.
Detectives discovered Huffman had stabbed Blevins, his ex-girlfriend, with a large sword, according to the sheriff's office. Blevins was found dead at the base of the front porch with multiple deep lacerations to her legs, thighs, torso and other places on her body. Blevins also had a large wound on the back of her head.
According to one witness, Huffman stabbed Blevins then ran to his truck and ran over her before crashing into a tree. He then ran from the home.
Huffman confessed detectives that he stabbed Blevins.
He is charged with one count of premeditated murder and one count of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon. Huffman has a lengthy criminal history including burglary, resisting law enforcement and two recent arrests of aggravated battery with a deadly weapon.
"First and foremost -- our thoughts and prayers are with those who were impacted by this horrible crime," says Sheriff Mike Prendergast. "This is a perfect example of why Alert Citrus is such an important tool for our agency. We captured this extremely dangerous man quickly because we were able to warn nearby residents immediately."