Arrest made in Charlotte County gas station stabbing

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PUNTA GORDA, FL. - Charlotte County Sheriff's deputies arrested a man wanted in connection with a stabbing incident last Thursday at a Port Charlotte gas station.

Arrested was 24-year-old Richard Allen Foist of Port Charlotte.

The Charlotte County Sheriff’s Office received a tip Saturday that Foist was at the Winn-Dixie in Promenades Mall, 3280 Tamiami Trail. Deputies arrived and located Foist who at first said he was Mark A. Wayne. A check showed no records found; he then said his identification was in his car. Deputies went outside to look for the car, which wasn’t there. Foist then said his girlfriend must have left in the vehicle. Foist was asked to empty his pockets and deputies located a photo identification as being Richard Foist.

Also in Foist’s pockets was a pill bottle with a woman’s name on it. Foist grabbed the bottle and took off running. A foot pursuit began and another deputy stopped him as he approached Aaron Street. Inside the bottle that was recovered, deputies located various quantities of Morphine, Hydromorphone, Valium and Alprazolam. They also found three Access (food stamp) cards in his possession that did not belong to him.

Last Friday, CCSO issued a press release about the stabbing and hit and run incident at the Marathon gas station at the corner of U.S. 41 and Port Charlotte Boulevard. A photo of Foist was issued. Foist was with 30-year-old Ronald Wayne Peyton in a Ford pickup. Four other people were at the station in a car. Foist told the victim that he didn’t like him hanging out with his ex-girlfriend. He pulled out a flip open locking knife and lunged at the victim, cutting his chest. Foist ran and got into the pickup driven by Peyton and they fled the scene after hitting a 56-year-old woman, knocking her into a pole. She was treated and released from a hospital. Deputies, K-9 and helicopter were called and located Peyton about two hours later; Foist was not in the pickup. Peyton was charged with three counts of Aggravated Assault and one count of Aggravated Battery with a Deadly Weapon. Peyton remains in the Charlotte County Jail on $80,000 bond.

Foist was charged with Aggravated Battery with a Deadly Weapon, Possession of Morphone Sulfate, Possession of Hydromorphone, Possession of Valium, Possession of Alprazolam, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, Giving False Name to a Law Enforcement Officer, and Resisting an Officer. Foist remains in jail on no bond.