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1 person in custody after stabbing at bus station, Cocoa police say

Woman airlifted to hospital in critical but stable condition, cops say

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COCOA, Fla. – One person is in custody and another person was hospitalized after a stabbing at a public bus station, Cocoa police said.

The stabbing happened at the Space Coast Area Transit Cocoa Station on Varr Avenue.

Police said emergency dispatchers received multiple 911 calls around 8:30 p.m. Friday about the stabbing.

Officers said they found a woman with a stab wound. The woman and several witnesses were able to provide information to patrol officers about the suspect, police said.

Police said officers quickly found the suspect, Hugh Newsome, 53, of Cocoa, who was still in the area.

A further investigation indicated that Newsome and the female victim had a prior relationship. Police said the estranged couple argued prior to the stabbing, and it appears the incident was the result of domestic violence.

The woman was airlifted to a hospital in critical but stable condition, police said.

Newsome was arrested and is being held without bond in the Brevard County jail on charges of attempted murder, resisting an officer without violence and violating an injunction for protection against domestic violence, according to the Brevard County Sheriff's Office.