A Florida man with anti-government views could have fatally stabbed his boss Monday over the person’s assist of President Trump earlier than inserting an American flag subsequent to his physique, in line with authorities.
Mason Toney, 28, is accused of killing his supervisor, Willian Knight, 28, at an Orlando building web site close to the Florida Turnpike, the Orange County Sheriff’s Workplace mentioned Monday. Toney was arrested after an hours-long search, the Orlando Sentinel reported.
Witnesses mentioned the pair, who had been additionally pals, was touring from one job to a different once they obtained into an argument, presumably over their political variations, in line with an affidavit. Toney is “anti-government and really outspoken about his beliefs that the federal government is unhealthy and out to get him,” Detective Fabian Ramirez wrote within the affidavit.
He wrote that Knight is a “proud and outspoken American and is pro-Donald Trump.” Witnesses informed investigators they heard Knight yelling for assist round 10:30 a.m. They mentioned Toney repeatedly stabbed him with a trowel.
The witnesses started throwing issues at Toney earlier than he “superior on them with what they thought was a knife,” investigators mentioned. Toney fled in a white Dodge Ram truck, calling the opposite workers “terrorists,” one witness alleged.
Investigators discovered a brand new American flag subsequent to Knight’s physique once they responded to the scene. The witnesses mentioned Toney had come to work with a backpack, which was uncommon for him, in line with the affidavit.
He’s charged with first-degree homicide and is being held with out bond. Knight’s father, William, informed WESH-TV that the boys had recognized one another for many of their lives.
“He was a friend of the family,” William Knight mentioned of Toney. “My son went to elementary school with him and to middle school and high school.”