MARIANNA — The Jackson County Sheriff’s Office received a call from the Washington County Sheriff’s Office on Saturday, Sept. 7, reporting a possible stabbing at 4001 Highway 77, Graceville, according to a sheriff’s office news release.
Officers were advised that the suspect, Wendel Seaman, had already fled the scene in a 1989 Chevrolet truck.
At the scene, officer met with Lloyd Seaman and a witness. Officers noted a laceration to the back of Lloyd Seaman’s neck and summoned EMS.
Wendel Seaman struck Lloyd Seaman in the back of the neck with a machete and bound his hands with duct tape. Wendel Seaman also threatened to kill Lloyd Seaman, according to the sheriff’s office release. However Lloyd Seaman was able to flee from the residence, yelling for help. He attempted to go next door but was tackled by Wendel Seaman, who still had the machete. The witness heard the yelling and arrived on scene and assisted Lloyd Seaman by getting Wendel Seaman off of him.
Wendel Seaman fled in a 1989 Chevy truck, burgundy and silver in color bearing Florida Tag X71-4QC. He also removed a Colt rifle from the victim’s gun cabinet prior to leaving. It is believed Wendel Seaman is possibly heading toward the Tampa area.
Wendel Seaman is being charged with attempted felony murder, grand theft motor vehicle and grand theft firearm.
Anyone with any information regarding the whereabouts of Wendel Seaman is asked to call the Jackson County Sheriff’s Office at 482-9648, Crimestoppers at 526-5000, or your local law enforcement agency.