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Volusia Sheriff’s Office makes Attempted Murder arrest near Ormond Wednesday

Volusia County Sheriffs Office patrol car in file photo.
Volusia County Sheriffs Office patrol car in file photo.
Mike Royer

A Volusia County man was arrested for Attempted Murder Wednesday after an early-morning stabbing near Ormond Beach. The Volusia County Sheriff’s Office says investigators charged 18-year old Raven Tuthill in the alleged stabbing of an unidentified 23-year old man. Sheriff’s spokesperson Gary Davidson says the victim was still hospitalized and being treated for eight stab wounds to the arm and torso at mid-afternoon Wednesday. Davidson says the man was found around 1:30 Wednesday morning at a house on Endora Street by responding deputies,”…lying on the steps of the front porch, covered in blood.”

Sheriff’s investigators say a dispute about “…missing money, clothes and booze…” started an argument between the victim, Tuthill, and Tuthill’s 16-year old cousin. The 16-year old was identified by the Sheriff’s Office, but this Examiner generally does not name juveniles charged with crimes. Davidson says after an initial argument, Tuthill “…retrieved a knife and insisted he was going to stab the victim if he tried anything.” Investigators say Tuthill then took the 16-year old cousin with him in a second confrontation with the victim. The Sheriff’s Office says the 16-year old, during the second argument, punched the victim in the face. While the 16-year old and the victim then fought on the ground, investigators say Tuthill was “...hunched over the victim and started stabbing him repeatedly….”

Davidson said deputies found the victim alone as they arrived on the scene. However, the 16-year old returned around an hour later and was charged with Burglary of an Occupied Dwelling and Simple Battery, and transported to the Volusia Regional Juvenile Detention Center. Deputies said they found Tuthill “…hiding under a crib inside a bedroom of the main residence”, and he was charged and transported to the Volusia County Branch Jail. Davidson says the Sheriff’s Office was also assisted in the investigation by the Ormond Beach Police Department, due to possible links in the case to vehicle burglaries in that city.

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