Cops arrest man in stabbing of mother's fiance

Key West police arrested a Middle Keys man Saturday for allegedly stabbing his mother's fiance during a fight that followed a day of drinking.

City Police Officer Isaac Helfner wrote in a report that he arrived at 330 Caroline St. at 9:45 and found Thomas Anderson, 38, of Marathon "covered in blood" with "slash marks on his back."

Anderson told police that he and John Thomas, 35, of Marathon "had been drinking all day. Anderson said he and Thomas got into an argument about Anderson not answering his cell phone."

That escalated into a fight that ended when Thomas, based on Anderson's statement to police, pulled out a pocketknife and stabbed him in the abdomen, then slashed him across the back.

Anderson's fiance, Linda Conley, 55, was on hand but left the scene in a yellow Ford Mustang with Thomas at the wheel. Officer Jeffrey Dean stopped the car at White and Seminary streets and ordered Thomas and Conley out of the car at gunpoint.

Dean wrote in a report that the pocketknife was clipped to Thomas' pocket and tested positive for blood. Dean wrote that Thomas "admitted to being in a fight and indicated that he stabbed the victim in defense of himself and his mother."

Thomas was arrested on a charge of felony battery. Booking information maintained by the Monroe County Sheriff's Office lists his occupation as a carpenter.