Suspect in Cocoa Beach stabbing has bond set at $750K

Suspect in Cocoa Beach stabbing has bond set at $750K

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Cocoa Beach police on Tuesday made an arrest in a stabbing that took place on the beach, adjacent to the Beach End of Hendry Avenue on Monday evening.

David Robert Laudahl, 50, of Cocoa Beach, was charged with one count of attempted second-degree murder in the stabbing of Jason Miller, 42. He was transported to the Brevard County Jail with no bond.

Laudahl didn't speak as he went before a judge this afternoon. Instead, the partially blind Cocoa Beach man would only nod his head "No," when questioned by a judge who later found there was probable cause to keep him behind bars.

"I was horrified," said Pat Gay, the victim's aunt. "I took him over to the beach, 5:30 in the afternoon, and an hour later he's the victim of a stabbing. He went over to meet up with some friends he hadn't seen."

Cocoa Beach police said Laudahl allegedly stabbed Miller eight times, nearly killing him. While bleeding profusely, police said a friend helped Miller get across the boardwalk and into a nearby hotel to call 911.

Fortunately, Miller survived, but because of the brutality of the stabbing, a judge set Laudahl's bond at $750,000.

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