By Keona Gardner
STUART — A Sunday evening argument about food stamps resulted in a stabbing, according to a Martin County Sheriff’s Office arrest report.
When deputies arrived at home in the 4800 block of Southeast Flounder Avenue they found a man holding his stomach and Dustin Delater, 31, coming from a trailer behind the home with a red box cutter and a 12- to 14- inch kitchen knife in his hand, the report states.
Delater told deputies he stabbed the man in retaliation for a prior incident when the man used a box cutter to cut Delater on his left knee and middle finger.
Witnesses told deputies that before the stabbing the two men had a confrontation about food stamps. During that exchange, Delater met the man at the door with a box cutter and a Phillips screwdriver. But the man left and later that day returned with two witnesses to resolved the unspecified food stamp issue.
During the second encounter, Delater, with a knife, approached the car where the man was sitting. The man saw the knife, got out of the car and started running around a parked vehicle to get away from Delater, who was now chasing the man. The man tripped and fell to the ground and Delater stabbed the man in the stomach, the report states.