September 12, 2016
On September 10, 2016 at 5:49 pm Levy County Department of Public Safety (LCDPS) personnel were sent to the “Out-of-Towners” RV Park located at 21151 NE Highway 27 Alternate outside the City of Williston by Levy County 911. The 911 caller reported an individual was bleeding profusely from what appeared to be stab wounds. LCDPS personnel transported the victim to Shands at UF under a trauma alert.
Deputies responded to the scene and determined the victim had suffered numerous stab wounds. Investigators interviewed the victim at Shands and determined he had been in an altercation with a neighbor.
Ernest Brown (1-9-55) was identified as the neighbor involved in the altercation. Brown told investigators the victim came to his home sat down and lit crack cocaine a pipe. Brown stated he slapped the glass pipe out of the victim’s hand and while doing so was attacked by the victim and suffered a knife wound on his hand. Brown said he retrieved a kitchen knife to protect himself and when attacked again, he stabbed the victim several times.
The investigation revealed the victim had been stabbed 10 times in the upper torso and back. This caused extensive internal damage and collapsed both lungs. The victim had to be rushed into emergency surgery to save his life.
Brown was arrested and transported to the Levy County Detention Facility and charged with Aggravated Battery with a Deadly Weapon. He is being held on a $100,000.00 bond.