A Hawthorne man was arrested Tuesday morning for stabbing his mother and stepfather after they cut off power to his camper, according to a police report from Alachua County Sheriff’s Office (ACSO).
Ronnie Ganley, 30, who lives behind his parents’ house on their property at 24214 SE 41st Lane, used a kitchen knife to stab his mother, Lorraine Meyer, in the hand and his stepfather, Harry Meyer, in the head, side and arm, said Art Forgey, public information officer for ACSO. Forgey said that the injuries were not life-threatening and that Ganley ran into the woods immediately after the stabbings took place.
Deputies arrived at the scene around 8:55 p.m. Monday evening. Gainesville police officer Harry Young and his K-9 partner, Argos, were called in to help search for Ganley. Forgey said that Argos located Ganley within 45 minutes. When he resisted arrest, Argos bit Ganley in the right thigh while trying to apprehend him.
Ganley received stitches for his bite wounds at Shands at the University of Florida. He was booked at the Alachua County Jail at 6:46 a.m. on Tuesday and was charged with aggravated battery and resisting arrest.
Forgey said that he was unsure why the power to Ganley’s camper was shut off, but deputies reported the action was what triggered the stabbings. He added that deputies smelled a strong odor of alcohol on Ganley.
The Meyers declined medical assistance at the scene and drove to North Florida Regional Medical center for care, Forgey said
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