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No happy Christmas for suspect in Islamorada stabbing

There's no merry Christmas today for an Islamorada man accused of wrecking Christmas Eve for him and a neighbor.

Juan Ocampo Medina, 38, was charged shortly after midnight Thursday with attempted murder of Hector Vasquez, 36, after allegedly stabbing him where they live near each other around mile marker 82.2 of U.S. 1. The Monroe County Sheriff's Office didn't give a motive.

But agency spokeswoman Becky Herrin said it happened after Ocampo Medina invited Vasquez and two others over for some drinks. Vasquez and the others told deputies that when they went to his backyard, Ocampo Medina stabbed him "from his neck to his abdomen about a quarter inch deep."

One of the people with Vasquez then got the knife away from the suspect, who then got a shovel and hit Vasquez in the head. That wound required medical staples to close it. Treatment was at Mariners Hospital in Tavernier.

Ocampo Medina is being held on $150,000 bond.

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