Man with mental disabilities stabbed to death after escaping group home, breaking into St. Pete home

Pinellas County

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (WFLA) – A man was stabbed after he allegedly broke into a home in unincorporated St. Petersburg early Monday morning, authorities said. He later died.

Investigators explained that Chase Richardson, 23, was a resident at the
Savannah Group home and had gotten into an argument with another group home resident.

Richardson, who had mental disabilities, was “agitated and escaped the home by crawling out his bedroom window,” a spokesman said in a press release.

Richardson walked one block banging on the doors and windows of a home in the 4000 block of 68th Street North. Richardson, after being confronted by the homeowner, went to the side of the house, breaking through the master bedroom window, the release said.

Fearing for his family’s safety, deputies say the homeowner stabbed Richardson as he tried to enter the home through the bedroom window.

Detectives say Richardson was wounded and approached a staff member of the group home who was looking for him. Then, he collapsed in the street.

Richardson was taken to a local hospital and pronounced dead, deputies said.

No criminal charges are expected to be filed against the homeowner.

Chris Barnard lives next to the crime scene and encountered Richardson just before he went to the home next door.

“I have a pregnant girlfriend in the room. It’s 4:30 in the morning. I wake up to pounding,” he said.

Barnard repeatedly warned Richardson to leave his property.

“Heard banging. Got my pistol and walked over here. Didn’t know what it was. Didn’t know if it was the police. I was telling him, ‘hey … I’ll shoot you. I’ll shoot you.’ And then he ran off. Didn’t know where he went,” Barnard said.

Minutes later, Richardson was stabbed as he tried to get into another home.

8 On Your Side checked his criminal history and learned Richardson was arrested in the past for burglary and loitering/prowling.


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