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Man arrested in Cape’s first homicide for 2010

By Staff | Jan 1, 2010

A New Year’s celebration turned into a fatal stabbing shortly after midnight when two residents got into an argument at a party.
Joshua Jay Sands, 35, of 3227 S.W. 7th Avenue died Friday at Lee Memorial Hospital where he wsa taken after being knifed several times following an argument at a New Year’s Eve party.
Police have charged Reginald Etienne, 32, of 1152 S.W. 47th Terrace, with murder, officials said.
The 911 call reporting a stabbing at 1140 S.W. 47th Terrace came in to Cape Coral police at 12:31 a.m. Sands and Etienne had been arguing at a party at the residence, and Etienne left the party and went home next door to get a knife, according to police. Etienne then returned to the party where he and Sands continued the argument. The argument moved away from the home and to the roadway, where some pushing and shoving occurred. Etienne then took the knife and stabbed Sands numerous times, police said.
Sands was transported to Lee Memorial Hospital where he died from the injuries.
Etienne was arrested in the death, booked and transferred to Lee County Jail.
Next of kin has been notified.

Source: Cape Coral Police Department