Arrest Made in Birthday Cookout Stabbing

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By Mike Springer
May 27, 2013

Tallahassee, FL - Tallahassee Police arrested Cynthia Annette Penny for the murder of Reginal Baldwin. Police say she allegedly stabbed him during a cookout at a Pasco Street apartment complex Saturday.

Officials say Penny allegedly punched and smacked Baldwin in the face. Witness say he didn't fight back. Police say Penny then allegedly told Baldwin she had something for him and went into her apartment, grabbed a knife and stabbed him. Baldwin was taken to the hospital where he later died. Penny is charged with first-degree homicide.

By Mike Springer
May 26, 2013

Tallahassee, FL- A woman is behind bars tonight, accused of stabbing her boyfriend to death on his 52nd birthday.

Tallahassee Police say 46-year-old Cynthia Annette Penny stabbed Reginal Baldwin during his birthday cookout.

It happened at a Pasco Street apartment complex Saturday.

Penny's family says she acted in self-defense.

Baldwin was taken to the hospital where he later died.

"He was a good guy. He didn't deserve to die. I'm sorry it happened. I just pray that his family can go on," said one of Baldwin's friends.

Penny is charged with murder. She is being held at the Leon County Jail without bond.

TPD Copy of Probable Cause

CASE #: 13-013576


DEFENDANT: Cynthia Annette Penny

CHARGES: 1st Degree Homicide, 782.04 F.S.


On 5/25/13, TPD responded to 2125 Pasco St in reference to a stabbing investigation. Once on scene, officers located the victim lying on the ground with a single stab wound to his upper right shoulder area. The victim was transported to Tallahassee Memorial Hospital where he was pronounced deceased. Officers on scene located several witnesses who were transported to TPD for interviews.

According to witnesses, the defendant, Cynthia Penny, and the victim were in a romantic relationship since September 2012. Penny, the victim, and several witnesses were having a cook out for the victim’s birthday. During the cookout, Penny approached the victim and slapped him once, and punched him in the face twice. Witnesses said that the victim did not defend himself or use any force against Penny in retaliation. Penny stated something to the effect of, “I have something for you”, and went into her apartment. Penny exited the apartment one-two minutes later carrying a large kitchen knife. Penny approached the victim and stabbed him one time in the upper right shoulder area using a downward stabbing motion. According to witnesses, the victim collapsed to the ground Penny stood over him, taunting him. Penny walked away from the victim and discarded the knife in a nearby trash can. The knife was later recovered by police from the trash can.

Three (3) witnesses have positively identified the suspect as Penny. A check of CJIS history revealed that Penny is a violent felon.

Tallahassee Police Department Press Release

On 5/25/13 Tallahassee Police Officers responded to a 911 call at 2125 Pasco Street in reference to a stabbing. Officers located a black male victim in the parking area who had been stabbed. The victim was transported to the hospital where he succumbed to his wounds. The victim was identified as Reginal Baldwin.

Members of TPD's Violent Crimes Unit responded to conduct the investigation. The investigation revealed that the suspect and victim are known to each other and had been arguing. The suspect stabbed the victim and left the scene.

TPD has arrested Cynthia Penny for the murder of Reginal Baldwin.

Victim – Reginal Baldwin, B/M, 05-25-61
Suspect – Cynthia A. Penny, B/F, 09/26/66

See attached probable cause

By: Mike Springer
May 25, 2013

Tallahassee, FL - A man was stabbed to death at a Tallahassee apartment complex Saturday.

The stabbing happened in the 2100 block of Pasco Street around 4 p.m.

Tallahassee Police say they found a black male stabbed in the parking lot.

"My son ran in and said, 'Momma, something happened out here pretty bad. A guy got stabbed.' So I came out immediately and started praying for him," said Janet Micken who lives at the complex.

Police have not released the man's name. He was taken to the hospital where he later died.

Mickens says she didn't know the man personally, but she says she recognized him from seeing him around the complex.

"(He's) Friendly, he never bothered anybody," said Mickens.

One neighbor we spoke to didn't want show her face or use her name. But she says she heard arguing outside her window almost an hour before the stabbing happened and called police.

"I told the police what was going on, but they said they could not send anyone out here for disturbing the peace," said the woman.

The woman says the dispatcher told her to call the non-emergency line. But the woman says she was frustrated by the department's response and never did.

A spokesman for the police department says he's looking into whether the original call was made.

Police do not have a motive or any suspects at this time.

Anyone with any information is asked to call TPD.

May 25, 2013

Tallahassee, FL - Tallahassee Police Department confirm that a man was stabbed to death outside of a Tallahassee apartment complex on Pasco Street Saturday afternoon.

According to TPD, the stabbing took place at intersection of Palm Beach Street and Pasco Street.

Stay with WCTV for more information as it becomes available.

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