ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (970 WFLA) – St. Pete Police say one man is in the hospital recovering from a stab wound after he tried to rob another man sleeping in the park.

Around 12:45 a.m., officers say they found 52-year-old Arnold Perry on the SW corner of 2nd Avenue North and 3rd Street suffering from a stab wound to the torso. Police say he was transported to a local hospital as a trauma alert and later taken to surgery, but his wound is no longer considered to be life threatening.

Officials say 60-year-old Willie Arline said he was asleep on a park bench when he awoke to find Perry going through his pockets so he pushed Perry away. 

Police say Perry then punched Arline, knocking him the ground and continued to assault him until, in self-defense, and then Arline produced a knife and stabbed Perry in the torso.

Police say this information was corroborated by the witnesses at the scene.

Detectives say that Perry will be charged with attempt strong armed robbery when he recovers from his wound.