Winter Haven, Florida -- A Winter Haven man has been arrested after a violent altercation resulted in a stabbing and one person hospitalized.
Officers say on Oct. 8, just after midnight, Michael Jerome Ellis was inside a home with the two victims. One of the victims was asleep in another room while Ellis was in the living room with the other victim.
Ellis and the first victim then got into a verbal altercation, which quickly escalated. Ellis went to another area of the home and came back with a knife and stabbed the victim multiple times in the neck, shoulder and back area. Ellis also tried to stab the victim in the stomach, but the victim blocked the knife causing severe cuts to the arm, hand and fingers.
The second victim, who over 65 years old, heard the commotion and came into the room. Ellis shoved the elderly victim back causing the victim to fall over a table. The elderly victim was treated at the scene for minor injuries.
The stabbing victim was rushed to Lakeland Regional Medical Center with non-life threatening injuries.
When police arrived, Ellis was gone. Police were able to track him down and arrest him, charging him with one count of Attempted First Degree Murder With a Weapon and Battery on the Elderly Over 65.
Ellis, 44, was transported and booked into the Polk County Jail.
Ellis, who has spent time in State Prison, has a lengthy record resulting in more than 24 arrests on charges including petit theft, trespassing, battery, dealing in stolen property and driving while license suspended.
The identities of the victims is not being released at this time.