Citrus deputies seek ‘armed, dangerous’ man wanted for attempted murder

Prive, 31, served 18 months on a battery conviction out of Citrus County.

FLORAL CITY, Fla. (WFLA) – The Citrus County Sheriff’s Office is asking for the public’s help locating an armed and dangerous man who detectives say stabbed two people early Christmas morning in Floral City.

Deputies are searching for Jesse Joseph Prive, 31, who is a convicted felon with an extensive arrest record.

According to a Citrus County Sheriff’s Office report, deputies were dispatched to a residence on US 41 in Floral City just after 3 a.m. in response to a disturbance call. Deputies met up with two of the victims – Prive’s roommate Michael Hanson and his girlfriend Ashley Brower.

Both suffered stab wounds and were transported to Regional Medical Center Bayonet Point in Hudson where they were treated and released. Both victims identified Prive as their attacker.

A third victim, Prive’s girlfriend, Melissa Dye, initially fled the residence with him, but later returned and was questioned by investigators. An arrest warrant was issued for Prive for two counts of attempted murder.

Additional charges may be filed as the investigation continues.

If you have any information on Prive’s whereabouts call 911, do not approach him. If you wish to remain anonymous, contact Citrus Crime Stoppers at 1-888-ANY-TIPS. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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