Charlotte County Sheriff’s detectives arrested John William Vargo, 35, for stabbing another Florida man who accused him of feeding his dog peanut butter.
Vargo said he threw the empty plastic peanut butter container at the victim and the victim punched him in the head. Vargo said the man got a baseball bat in the home and came out yelling at him.
Vargo and his girlfriend then walked down the street and he called the CCSO at 3:26 a.m. to report a man chased him with a baseball bat.
When deputies arrived at Gladis Avenue and Harbor Boulevard, Vargo said he and his girlfriend were at a friend’s house where the victim rents a room.
While talking to Vargo a deputy noticed a pickup truck leave the home; he immediately followed and made a traffic stop. Deputies observed the victim in the pickup with a stab wound; he was transported by EMS to Peace River Regional Medical Center.
Deputies began searching Vargo and a curved blade pocket knife fell out of his pants. At that time, Vargo said he did not feel well and requested EMS who transported him to Fawcett Memorial Hospital.
The victim said Vargo stabbed him in the chest and then they walked away from the house. However, Vargo’s girlfriend told detectives that Vargo stabbed the victim before the victim went into the house and grabbed a baseball bat.
Vargo was released from the hospital and transported to the Charlotte County Jail where he remain on no bond on a charge of Aggravated Battery with a Deadly Weapon; his fourth booking.