Nicholas Plescher of Homosassa is accused of repeatedly stabbing a Citrus County man

CITRUS COUNTY, Fla - Citrus County deputies say Nicholas Plescher of Homosassa repeatedly stabbed a man without reason.

Plescher, 26, of 10439 S. LeBaron Drive, is now facing aggravated battery with a deadly weapon charges.

Deputies say on June 29, around 12:45 a.m., Plescher walked up to a two men and a baby who were sitting in a truck parked in their driveway on LeBaron Drive.

Plescher, according to the affidavit, walked up to the driver's side window and yelled, "You want to fight me?"

The men in the car say they did not recognize Plescher and began to fear for their safety.  The man in the driver's seat pushed his passenger out the door in an attempt to escape, deputies say.

That is when Plescher reportedly ran around to the passenger side of the car and began to stab the male passenger in the collarbone.

Due to his injuries, that man had to be taken to Bayonet Point Hospital.

Following the stabbing, witnesses say Plescher took off running.

Working with only a description of the suspect, particularly that the suspect was 6 foot 6, deputies spotted Plescher walking behind a church Monday.

According to deputies, when they questioned him about the stabbing, he told them he was "being raped across the street and stabbed someone."

Plescher reportedly directed deputies to the scene and noted there was a child present at the time, a detail authorities had not released to the public.

Deputies say Plescher admitted the knife was at his home and that he took a picture of it.  Plescher reportedly handed his cell phone off to deputies and that is when they found a video which was time and date stamped June 29 at 1:29 a.m.

The video was of a black handled bloody pocket knife and in the background Plescher could be heard stating, "That is rape back," an arrest report states.

“This is a case that had the word bizarre written all over it right from the start," said Major Crimes Lt. Brad Smith after the arrest was made last night. 

“It's very unusual to have someone stab another person for no apparent reason. . . but in this case, that’s exactly what happened.  The thorough follow-up work by patrol deputies and detectives led to the quick arrest of this suspect.  Getting this individual off the streets was paramount so that he couldn't victimize anyone else.”

Plescher is being held on $10,000 bond.

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