Crime

'Coconut Larry' arrested at Key West beach, accused of attempted murder in stabbing

A Key West man known on Smathers Beach in Key West as Coconut Larry was charged with attempted murder after allegedly stabbing another man four times on the beach late Sunday afternoon.

Larry Marshall, 65, was arrested at 4:56 p.m. that day after allegedly stabbing Richard Harlan, 43, three times in his face and once in his right shoulder. Marshall is in the Stock Island jail with no bond allowed.

According to witness Miguel Jerez, 64, Marshall punched Harlan several times in the face before pulling out a knife and stabbing him, Officer Fred Carter Sims wrote in his arrest report. He wrote that Harlan was "bleeding heavily" from his face and that he had a 1.5-inch cut.

Harlan told Sims the two men got into an argument. Asked what issues he has with Harlan, Marshall later told Sims Harlan was arrested three weeks ago for felony battery against him, and robbery. Marshall said Harlan hit him in the right eye and that he received up to nine stitches. Sims wrote that Marshall called Harlan a "joker" and said that he came through the bushes "like something out of a Batman movie."

According to the Monroe County Sheriff's Office log, Harlan was arrested May 12 on White Street for battery on a person 65 or older.

In Sunday's incident, Harlan received nine stitches on his right chin, five on his forehead, four on his right shoulder and one on his right cheek. Marshall denied stabbing Harlan. Arraignment information for Marshall wasn't immediately available.

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