Tuesday, June 19, 2018
Public safety

Deputies charge Town 'N Country woman with fatally stabbing boyfriend

TAMPA — A Town 'N Country woman faces a manslaughter charge for fatally stabbing her boyfriend during a fight early Tuesday, authorities said.

Just after 2 a.m., Hillsborough County sheriff's deputies responded to a 911 call about a man who had been stabbed in an apartment at 8334 Country Square Court.

When deputies arrived, they reported hearing a commotion.

They forced their way into the apartment and found Orlando Rangel-Benitez, 28, dead with one stab wound to the chest.

Rangel-Benitez's girlfriend, Luz Maribel Myers, was also in the apartment.

Detectives interviewed Myers, 35, a server at Boston's Restaurant & Sports Bar on Anderson Road, and concluded she stabbed her boyfriend during an argument.

They arrested her on one count of manslaughter with a weapon and she was held without bail in the Hillsborough County Jail.

The apartment complex where deputies say Myers stabbed Rangel-Benitez is the same one where a deputy was shot and injured in 2009.

Deputy Miguel Galarza was responding to a home invasion at 8329 Country Square Court when he was shot by a suspect who wrestled the deputy's gun away from him. Galarza was shot in the neck, but survived.

The shooter, Miguel Serrano, was convicted of attempted second-degree murder of a law enforcement officer and attempted felony murder, among other charges, and is serving four life sentences.

Times news researcher John Martin contributed to this report.

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