Winter Haven, Florida – On 07/18/2016 at approximately 8:19 pm, PCSO deputies responded to the intersection of Rifle Range Road and Carter Road in the vicinity of Winter Haven, FL in reference to a reported stabbing. Upon arrival, deputies observed the victim, Charles Jordan, was bleeding on the left side of his face, as well as the left side of his abdomen. Jordan advised that he and the suspect, Micheal Newman, were in a verbal argument on Rifle Range Road and Carter Road over money. Jordan was working for the money and Newman taking the money and buying beer. Jordan told him he was not going to give him any more money. A witness advised he saw both Newman and Jordan arguing. Jordan walked away from Newman. The witness then allegedly heard Newman state he is going to get him (Jordan). The witness said the argument escalated and Newman stabbed Jordan multiple times with an unknown object on the left side of his face and the left side of stomach and then fled the scene on foot. Jordan was transported via ambulance to Lakeland Regional Medical Health Center. While at LRHMC, it was learned Jordan sustained stab wounds to the left side of his face and the left side of his stomach under his ribs. These injuries were determined to be non-life threatening by LRHMC. Deputy Kendrick and his K-9 partner, “Hammer” responded to the scene to search for Newman. During the search, deputy Shaw located a witness who advised Newman had entered a yard on 5th Street West. While searching that area, deputy Kendrick shouted multiple warnings to Newman, advising him to come out or a Sheriff’s Office K-9 would be released to bite him.
Newman was found concealing himself underneath this residence (mobile home), and refused to surrender to the deputy even with the K-9 approximately one foot away from him. Since Newman refused to comply with the deputies lawful commands to surrender, the deputy released K-9 Hammer, who apprehended Newman on the right leg and pulled him out from underneath the mobile home. During a post-Miranda interview of Newman at Bartow Regional Medical Center, Newman allegedly advised he was drinking with Jordan and having a good time when Jordan hit him and then he hit Jordan back. He took off running because he did not want to go to jail.