FORT MYERS, Fla.- A 29-year-old man was arrested last night after allegedly slashing his boyfriend's neck with a box cutter before jumping into the Caloosahatchee River to flee police.
At 6:04 p.m. a vehicle ran the red light southbound on Cleveland Avenue at Victoria Avenue and crashed into a Fort Myers Police officer's
marked patrol vehicle. The officer sustained minor injuries.
The small compact vehicle then fled the scene south on Cleveland Avenue. The officer pursued the fleeing vehicle and caught up to as it turned into Lee Memorial Hospital.
The sole occupant jumped out of the vehicle with a large laceration across his neck. This subject, later identified as 53-year-old Jeffrey Paterson, was triaged as a trauma alert and immediacy entered the emergency room.
Paterson advised that he and his boyfriend, 29-year-old James Cannon, were driving on First Street when a verbal argument ensued. While stopped at the traffic light at First Street and Park Street, Cannon removed a box cutter and sliced Paterson across the neck. Cannon then fled the scene on foot. Paterson immediately drove himself to the hospital and in the process struck officer’s patrol vehicle.
Paterson was able to speak with officers at the hospital prior to his surgery. Officers located witnesses who advised Cannon jumped into the Caloosahatchee River and was hiding on one of Edison Bridge’s support beams.
Officers with the assistance of LCSO Aviation Unit, and FMPD Marine Unit conducted a search for Cannon via land, air and sea. After an extensive search, Cannon was discovered hiding in the water on the east side of the Caloosa Harbor Retirement Center.
Cannon was taken into custody without incident and transported to the Lee County Jail. A detective responded for the follow up investigation and Cannon was charged with aggravated battery (domestic violence).
Paterson's condition is unknown.