Flagler County man accused of attacking roommate with knife, hammer

FLAGLER COUNTY, Fla. — A Flagler County man is accused of attacking his roommate with a knife and a hammer, according to deputies.

Flagler County deputies said they responded to a call about a stabbing on Berkshire Lane in Palm Coast on Wednesday.

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A caller reported that his neighbor showed up to his house asking him to call 911 after his roommate, identified as Steven Schneider, attacked him with a knife and a hammer.

Deputies said they found the roommate with several lacerations. Both of the man’s hands were bandaged and bleeding and the man had lacerations to his shoulder and multiple bruises on his back and face.

The man told deputies that he and his mother were inside the master bedroom watching television when Schneider walked into the bedroom and began looking through his closet.

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The man said Schneider then charged at him with a large knife in one hand and a hammer in the other.

Deputies said the man was struck by the hammer and stabbed with the knife several times during the struggle, but the he was able to leave the residence and flee to safety.

Flagler County deputies said Schneider fled from the residence in his vehicle, which was then located nearby in a vacant lot. Deputies observed blood inside the vehicle and began a search of the area attempting to locate Schneider using K-9s and Volusia Sheriff’s Air One.

Schneider was ultimately located and secured without incident, deputies said.

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His roommate received medical attention at the scene and was taken to a hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.

“This was remarkable investigative work by everyone involved,” Sheriff Rick Staly said. “The Real Time Crime Center, digital forensics technology, and good police work played a key role in helping us find this guy. Through a variety of investigative measures, our detectives were able to safely arrest a dangerous subject and put him behind bars. Thankfully the injuries the victim sustained do not appear life-threatening and we hope he will make a full recovery.”

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Deputies said Schneider was arrested for attempted murder and was taken to the Sheriff Perry Hall Inmate Detention Facility. He is being held on $100,000 bail.

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Katlyn Brieskorn, WFTV.com

Katlyn Brieskorn is a Digital Assignment Editor at WFTV. She joined Channel 9 in July 2019.