Two Port Charlotte men arrested in stabbing; hit and run
PORT CHARLOTTE, Fla. - Charlotte County detectives arrested one of two men in connection with a stabbing and hit and run Thursday at a Port Charlotte gas station.
30-year-old Ronald Wayne Peyton of Port Charlotte was arrested on three felony counts of Aggravated Assault, and one count of aggravated battery with a deadly weapon.
Detectives are still looking for a second suspect in the case, 24-year-old Richard Allen Foist of Port Charlotte.
Deputies received a call Thursday afternoon from a woman who said her ex-boyfriend, Foist, stabbed a man. She said Foist left in a Ford F-150 driven by Peyton after the pickup hit one of her friends at the Marathon station at the corner of Port Charlotte Boulevard and U.S. 41.
The victim told detectives he went to the gas station with three women, ages 18, 19 and 56, in a Mitsubishi. He said he saw Foist and Peyton in the white pickup. The victim said Foist told him he did not like him hanging out with his ex-girlfriend who was in the car.
The victim went back to the car with the three women. Foist approached and started yelling; the victim said Foist then pulled out a flip open locking knife and lunged at him, cutting him on the chest.
Witnesses told investigators they then saw the pickup drive around the gas pumps at a high rate of speed driven by Peyton and head toward them as they stood outside their car and was intentionally attempting to hit them. The 56-year-old woman was struck by the pickup that drove off. The woman told detectives the wheel well of the pickup struck her, knocked her into a pole, and she fell to the ground. She was transported by EMS to Peace River Regional Medical Center and later released.
A search led to Peyton's capture at U.S. 41 and Elkcam Boulevard; Foist was not in the pickup.
The Ford pickup was towed to the CCSO impound lot for forfeiture since his vehicle was used in the commission of a felony.
Detectives are still looking for Foist on a charge of aggravated battery with a deadly weapon (knife). If anyone has information on the whereabouts of Foist, please call the CCSO at (941) 639-2101 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-780-TIPS (8477).