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Husband faces charge of attempted murder

By Times Staff
Published April 4, 2006

TAMPA - Police arrested a 38-year-old Tampa man on a charge of attempted first-degree murder early Monday after authorities say he stabbed his wife in the face so violently that she required almost 200 stitches.

Claude Bernard Rutledge of 3417 E Lambright St. was arrested at 2:38 a.m. after police say he attacked his wife, Antoinette Rutledge, 33, at the couple's home. Police say Mrs. Rutledge had kicked her husband out of the house several days ago. Authorities say he broke through a sliding glass door in his wife's bedroom, confronted her and sliced her face with a sharp object, making a several-inch-long cut.

Officers found Rutledge outside the home and stunned him with a Taser to take him into custody. Mrs. Rutledge was transported to Tampa General Hospital. Her husband was taken to the Hillsborough County jail, where he was held without bail.

Robber takes wallet of blind pedestrian

TAMPA - Police are looking for a man they believe robbed a 60-year-old blind man on an afternoon walk in his Wellswood neighborhood.

Dennis Castillo was in the Habana Park condominiums about 4 p.m. Friday when a man approached him and pulled his wallet from his pocket, according to Tampa police.

Castillo did not resist. The man got away with $15, fled on foot and discarded the wallet.

A witness described the thief as a clean-shaven black man, about 20 to 25 years old, with long dreadlocks. He is said to be about 6-feet tall, 150 pounds with a thin build and was wearing LSW blue jeans and a light-colored T-shirt.

[Last modified April 4, 2006, 03:00:35]

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