Melbourne Man Stabs Roommate in Face Over Rent Money

A man received 15 stitches after his roommate stabbed him in the face in Melbourne, Florida.
A man received 15 stitches after his roommate stabbed him in the face in Melbourne, Florida.

MELBOURNE, Florida – A 21-year-old man stabbed his roommate in the face Friday night after an argument over rent money, according to the Melbourne Police Department.

Cameron Lucas Clark Rhoads was charged with Aggravated Battery Causing Bodily harm, and Battery.

“A heated argument over rent money. Another friend of mine and I witnessed the whole stabbing. Stabbed him right in the face,” John Schmidt told Palm Bay Daily.

Officers were dispatched to Windover Palms Apartments in Melbourne in reference to a stabbing.

“I Observed three white males yelling ‘we are over here.’ As I approached the males, I observed one male, later identified as Kyle Bragg, with a laceration to the left side of his face and covered in blood,” the officer said.

Bragg told police that he returned home from work and got into an argument with Rhoads about the rent.

“He got upset about the amount of rent and started to become aggressive and started to swing on me,” Bragg told the officer, according to the affidavit.

Cameron Lucas Clark Rhoads
Cameron Lucas Clark Rhoads

The officer said that while talking to Bragg, he fell backward and passed out on the grass, outside the apartment. Melbourne Fire Department arrived on scene and immediately provided care to Bragg.

Witnesses, John Schmidt and Alexander Carlini, told police that Rhoads came out “screaming” and attacking Bragg as soon as he got home from work. During the attack, they punched Rhoads, and that’s when he pulled out a knife.

Rhoads then waved the knife around and lunged at Bragg, “stabbing him in the face” and that’s when Schmidt and Carlini wrestled with Rhoads to get him to drop the knife. Schmidt said the argument was over $140.

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Rhoads was transported to the Brevard County Jail where his bail is set at $15,500.

Bragg’s injuries required fifteen stitches.

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