Police say stranger stabbed elderly Ocoee man

- Ocoee police officers arrested a man, accused of stabbing an elderly man in his yard.

Police say the 70-year-olf victim was having a party with family and was outside cleaning up, when 25-year-old Gregory Hood attacked.  Hood told arresting officers that he found a knife on his way home from the store, blacked out, and when he came back to it, he was on top of an elderly man, stabbing him.  

"The suspect had asked about washing a car for money. He was told no and produced a knife,” said Deputy Chief Stephen McCosker.  

“He was in shock, and I was trying to calm him down and tell him he’d be here for Christmas,” said Tobi Ann Dyke, a neighbor who rushed to help the victim.  “It could easily have been myself or my husband.”

Dyke is in disbelief that police say this was a random attack.  She and her husband were outside getting ready to put up Christmas lights when she heard a man screaming.

“One of the family members had pulled up and said his father had been hit with a knife,” said Dyke.

Coincidentally, there was an officer in the neighborhood on another call.  Neighbors flagged him down.  He and Dyke rendered first aid to the victim.

“The officer gave me gloves and we both put gloved on and we put pressure on the wounds of the victim -- both of his neck wound and his back -- and we rolled him from his stomach to his back to make sure his airways were cleared and he was breathing” said Dyke.

With the help of the victim’s family and neighbors, police were able to find Hood a few blocks away. Investigators say he had fresh blood on him.  

Detectives are still looking for the knife.  The victim is recovering at the hospital, and Hood is at the Orange County Jail, being held without bond. 

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