Deputies: Security guard stabbed while trying to subdue intruder

Assailant at large, guard hospitalized in stable condition

DAYTONA, Fla. - A security guard was hospitalized after he was stabbed while trying to subdue a burglar, according to the Volusia County Sheriff's Office.

It happened Friday night at the Daytona Flea and Farmers Market on Tomoka Farms.

Deputies said a security guard told them they had been alerted to a possible intrusion on the property and they had found an unsecured chain at one of the vendor booths, indicating someone may have possibly entered.

So the guards drove along the fence line searching for the intruder when they saw a man take off running. They got out of their truck and chased the man towards a fence, deputies said. 

The Sheriff's Office said the security guards tried to pull the man down from the fence but he managed to scramble over it and security guard Jason Powell, 36, scaled the fence after him. 

When Powell caught up to the man, he attempted to subdue him and handcuff him, but then he fell to the ground after he was stabbed in the stomach and the man got away, deputies said.

According to the Sheriff's Office, the next thing the guards heard was a vehicle in the area. Deputies said the vehicle took off westbound on Bellevue Avenue.

Powell was transported to Halifax Health Medical Center in Daytona Beach, where he is listed in stable condition, according to the Sheriff's Office.

The assailant remains at large. The Sheriff's Office is investigating.

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