[UPDATE] Suspect Arrested in Woodville Hwy Stabbing - SLIDE SHOW

UPDATED 8-6-11 AT 8:50 A.M.

Deputies learned that Udell was possibly driving a white Ford Escort and may be in the company of his brother, Corey Tanner, 27.

Tanner was also wanted by deputies for an unrelated incident surrounding a fight that took place three days ago.

At approximately 1:30 a.m. on August 6, 2011, deputies located the vehicle in the parking lot of the Motel 6 on Timberlane Road.

Udell and Tanner were both arrested when deputies made contact with them at their motel room.


[UPDATE] Leon County, Florida - August 5, 2011 4:52pm

A large kitchen knife turned into a weapon during an argument early Friday morning.

Deputies say the man who wielded that weapon is still in the community.

The woman who lives in the house where it all happened says a joke turned into an argument between two men and one of the men ended up lying on the ground in her front yard bleeding.

"The guy stabbed him and hauled butt." Says Sharon Grimes.

Sharon Grimes says her grandson told her an acquaintance, 38-year-old Miguel Rivera, had been stabbed.

Grimes says, "As soon as my grandson woke me up, I ran out the door and seen him laying on the ground in my front yard. It really freaked me out. I didn't know whether the guy was dead or what. It was a lot of blood laying around him."

Leon County Sheriff's deputies say Rivera came to 1740 Oak Ridge Road, off Woodville Highway around six Friday morning and woke up 22-year-old Robert Udell to 'talk' to him.

Deputies say the two men took their argument outside.

But, as Rivera turned away, deputies say Udell took a large kitchen knife, walked up behind Rivera and stabbed him.

Grimes says, "My grandson is real shaken up about it. I'm shaken up about it because it happened on my property."

Deputies say Rivera was taken to the hospital with the knife still sticking in his upper chest/shoulder area.

Leonard Wilkes is a neighbor. He says, "We didn't know what was going on. But, there's all the time things happening over at this house next door. Sometimes you feel like you're pinned up in your own yard and you worry what's going to happen next."

Grimes says several other people were in the home at the time of the stabbing. She says no one other than the victim was harmed.

We're told Rivera is doing okay.

Anyone with information on the whereabouts of Robert Udell is asked to call the Leon County Sheriff's Office or Crime Stoppers at 850-574-TIPS.


[UPDATE] Leon County, Florida - August 5, 2011 1:45pm

LCSO Release:

At approximately 6:00 a.m. on August 05, 2011 the Leon County Sheriff’s Office received information about a disturbance in the 1700 block of Oak Ridge East. When deputies arrived, they discovered 38 year old Miguel Rivera had been stabbed with a large kitchen knife. Rivera and other witnesses told deputies and violent crime detectives that Rivera woke 22 year old Robert P. Udell up to talk to him.

Detectives say that an argument started and the two men agreed to walk outside the residence. At some point during the argument, Rivera decided to turn and walk away. As Rivera was walking away, Udell produced a large kitchen knife which was laying close by, walked up behind Rivera and stabbed him.

Rivera was transported to Tallahassee Memorial Hospital with the knife still impaled in his upper chest/shoulder area. Udell fled the scene and has not been located at this time. Udell currently has two outstanding warrants for his arrest and detectives are in the process of obtaining warrants in connection with this investigation.

Anyone with information on the whereabouts of Robert P. Udell is asked to contact the Leon County Sheriff’s Office at (850) 922-3300 or Crime Stoppers at (850) 574-TIPS (8477). Remember, Crime Stoppers does not want your name, just your information. You may be eligible for up to a $1,000.00 reward.

Robert P. Udell
DOB: 03-07-1989
Charges: VOP-Felony Battery, VOP-Aggravated Battery. Additional charges are forthcoming.


Leon County, Florida - August 5, 2011 12:50pm

Leon County deputies were called to a disturbance at a home in Woodville early this morning.

Deputies have not released any information yet.

But, the woman who lives at the home on Oak Ridge Road right off of Woodville Highway says a man stabbed another man in her front yard.

Sharon Grimes says, "I don't know what it all started over; except that my grandson said that they were just playing around and it just got out of hand. They were joking around with each other and it escalated into a stabbing."

We do not know the condition of the victim.

Deputies have not said if the person involved in the incident has been caught at this time.

We will post all information on wctv.tv as soon as investigators release it, and we will have more later on Eyewitness News.


Leon County, Florida - August 5, 2011 - 8am

Leon County Sheriff's Office deputies and detectives are on the scene of what they are calling a domestic disturbance this morning. The incident took place at a home off Oakridge and Woodville Highway. Detectives on the scene are not releasing any other information at this time, but will be releasing a statement soon.

Stay with WCTV for more information and that statement from LCSO.

Pictures of the scene are attached above.

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  • by Anonymous on Mar 5, 2012 at 11:03 AM
    the truth will emerge soon and when it does you rednecks will look just as dumb because honestly i dont think you could get any more stupid. you dont know the facts only what you've heard 2nd 3rd and 4th hand. your an idiot if you let some one make up your mind for you
  • by Get It Straight Location: Just up the street on Aug 10, 2011 at 11:43 AM
    Wow! Really? The police might have lied? They made what happened seem worse than it was? Maybe to manipulate people into turning Udell in if they saw him? Huh. Go figure. Seriously, I hope the kid is ok, and I feel sorry for his family. If I was Corey, I would have done the very same thing.
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      by cory-tanner on Mar 1, 2012 at 02:46 PM in reply to Get It Straight
      my name is spelled with no "e" and i would do it a 1000 xs over
  • by Get It Straight Location: Just up the street on Aug 8, 2011 at 02:45 PM
    Had me a little talk with one of the witnesses. Rivera tried to crawl into the bed with the biggest homophobe in Leon County. If Udell hadn't stabbed him, he'd be the victim in this case. By the way, he didn't stab him from behind. They were facing each other and the knife was sticking out of the front.
  • by me on Aug 8, 2011 at 01:25 PM
    one order of lube coming up!!
  • by Oh, Lord! on Aug 8, 2011 at 12:19 PM
    What was the relationship between Udell and Rivera? That's quite an age difference...
  • by Crimson Brotha Location: Tallahassee on Aug 8, 2011 at 09:57 AM
    Domestic violence can happen even with these two boyfriends. Generally speaking, the female(male)is more apt to be violant to the male(male). So much for the enlightment these two shared!
  • by Geography folks... Location: Tallahassee on Aug 8, 2011 at 09:53 AM
    yeah, you guys need to learn your immediate area...oak ridge road=leon county, not wakulla GO LEON!!! lol
  • by john on Aug 8, 2011 at 07:39 AM
    of course it was probably drug related, but the news won't identify that one or give you a good description in the beginning because it wasn't there so called usual suspect.
  • by The Original Location: Perry on Aug 6, 2011 at 06:05 PM
    Someone needs to slap him into tomorrow.
  • by motel 6 again ? Location: smoke land on Aug 6, 2011 at 02:14 PM
    is this place a crime magnet or what ?
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