Man charged with attempted murder in Tampa restaurant stabbing

By Spectrum Bay News 9 Staff,
Last Updated: Tuesday, March 13, 2018, 3:52 PM EDT

The Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office has identified the people involved in a stabbing spree that injured three at a Tampa restaurant on Monday afternoon.

The incident happened around 2:30 p.m. at Peking Chinese Restaurant on 56th street north.

Deputies said Xiaofu Feng, 44, was arrested and charged with three counts of attempted second-degree murder.

The victims were identified as Qing Zheng, 55, a chef at the restaurant; Qi Zheng, 29, the restaurant owner's daughter; and Shi Zheng, 48, the restaurant owner.

The incident started with, investigators said, when an upset Feng accused Qing Zheng of taking his phone.

Feng is accused of taking a 12-inch butcher knife and cutting Qing Zheng several times. He later used the knife to cut Qi Zheng, according to the Sheriff's Office.

Feng then cut Shi Zheng across his face, but Zheng was able to subdue and disarm the suspect until deputies arrived.

The victims were taken to Tampa Regional Hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.