Teen faces attempted murder charge after Pompano Beach stabbing

Victim placed on life support after suffering massive blood loss, deputies say

POMPANO BEACH, Fla. – A 16-year-old boy faces charges of attempted murder and battery after he stabbed another teen multiple times in Pompano Beach, authorities said.

Zachary Larry Stoddard is being tried as an adult and appeared in court Monday, at which time his bond was set at $250,000.

The victim's father, Michael Tatton, told Local 10 News reporter Saira Anwer that he believes the bond is too low. 

"I feel he's a danger to the public," Tatton said.  

According to a juvenile transcript, Stoddard, of Pompano Beach, was at a girl's home April 27 when another girl called the teen and said she and another boy, identified by his father as Keith Tatton, were on their way to the home.

Broward Sheriff's Office deputies said the two who were the latest to arrive at the home later decided to leave to eat at a nearby restaurant.

Zachary Larry Stoddard, 16, of Pompano Beach, is facing charges in connection with an April 27 stabbing.

Stoddard then got into the back seat of the victim's black Jeep, and Keith and the passenger both asked Stoddard to get out as he was not invited to go with them, the transcript stated.

According to deputies, Stoddard became angry after being told several times to get out, and he first confronted the girl in the front passenger seat, yelling and cursing at her before grabbing her by the arm and clothes in an attempt to pull her from the vehicle.

Deputies said Keith then got out of his car to confront Stoddard.

The girl told deputies that she saw Stoddard punch the victim and the two began wrestling.

She said she then saw blood splatter on the pavement seconds later and saw the victim collapse to the ground.

Stoddard then taunted the victim before running away, the girl told deputies.

Deputies said Keith was found by authorities lying in the driveway. He was pale, unresponsive and bleeding profusely from his abdomen and pelvic area. Authorities said he had been stabbed multiple times and suffered a severed femoral artery, causing massive blood loss.

Keith was taken to Broward Health North, where he was placed on life support. 

"My son has been through a tremendous amount. He's been in the ICU, on life support, for over three weeks (and had) seven or eight open heart surgeries," Michael Tatton said. 

Tatton said doctors told him Keith is the only patient they've treated who has survived a brutal attack like this, with tremendous blood loss from the heart and femoral artery. 

"Less than one percent of people typically survive this," Tatton said.  

Authorities said Stoddard was found in the waiting room of the emergency room at Imperial Point Hospital after the attack.

Deputies said he was taken to the BSO Public Safety building with both of his parents and admitted that he entered the victim's Jeep uninvited.

According to the juvenile transcript, Stoddard confessed to yelling and lunging at the girl, but denied touching her.

He also claimed he was blindsided by the victim and said he stabbed him in self-defense.

Stoddard was found with a knife on him and he admitted that the knife was the one used in the stabbing, authorities said.

It was revealed in court Monday that Stoddard had previously been arrested on accusations that he had attacked his brother in a similar manner. Those charges were later dropped against him.

"I just don't want anyone else to be harmed by this vicious young man," Tatton said.

Tatton said his son has a long road to recovery ahead of him and while he's grateful his son is alive, he wants to see justice served.

About the Authors:

Amanda Batchelor is the Digital Executive Producer for Local10.com.

Saira Anwer joined the Local 10 News team in July 2018. Saira is two-time Emmy-nominated reporter and comes to South Florida from Madison, Wisconsin, where she was working as a reporter and anchor.