A man in Coconut Creek, Florida, was arrested and charged with two counts of attempted murder after stabbing two women with scissors when he found out he would be evicted from his apartment.
Emergency Call Leads to Arrest
On March 13, Broward County Sheriff’s deputies received an emergency call reporting two women who had been brutally stabbed at the Monarch Station complex located at 4901 West Sample. Upon arrival, deputies found that the alleged suspect, Bruce Kendall Florence, had already been detained by Coconut Creek police officers at the crime scene. Florence refused to answer questions from law enforcement officers about the incident.
Property Manager Had Previous Issues with Suspect
The property manager for Monarch Station reported that they had encountered issues with Florence, a resident in the complex, in the past. The apartment complex had previously requested Florence to vacate his apartment within seven days.
Altercation Leads to Stabbings
According to one of the victim’s statements, Florence walked into the main office of the apartment complex, upset after finding a notice on his door. Both victims attempted to calm him down, but Florence became increasingly agitated. At one point, he pulled out a set of scissors and stabbed one of the victims in the face and jaw. When the victim fell to the ground, Florence stabbed her in the neck. The second victim, who tried to intervene, was also stabbed.
Victims Sustain Severe Injuries
One of the victims suffered from seven stab wounds, while the second victim sustained at least three stab wounds. The victim with severe injuries had her lung collapsed, making it difficult for her to breathe. Both victims fled from the main office seeking help and received first aid at an apartment. They identified Florence as their attacker, and police were notified.
Police obtained further evidence linking Florence to the attack. He had cuts on both hands and had to be transported to the hospital after his detainment. Based on the victim’s statements, witness identification, and physical evidence, Florence was arrested and charged with two counts of attempted murder and two counts of aggravated battery.
Florence Remains in Custody
Following medical attention, Florence was transported to the Broward County Main Jail and is currently being held without bond.