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Hillsborough deputies arrest Riverview man in fatal stabbing

BRANDON — Authorities made an arrest late Saturday in the stabbing death of a resident at Plantation Key Apartments.

Donovan Lee Merwin, 18, of 10739 U.S. 301 S in Riverview was charged with second-degree murder with a weapon and booked into a Hillsborough County jail with no bail.

According to the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office, at about 2:16 a.m. Saturday, a resident called 911 to report a man wandering the apartment complex parking lot.

When deputies arrived, they found Plantation Key resident Angel Luis Andino, 46, covered in blood and suffering from multiple stab wounds to the face and chest.

Andino died at 3:49 a.m. at Tampa General Hospital, but not before telling deputies, "I was robbed."

Detectives followed Andino's bloody footprints back to his apartment at 1909 Plantation Palms Drive, No. 102.

During a search of the apartment, detectives found a backpack that contained identification belonging to Donovan L. Merwin, according to the Sheriff's Office.

Detectives went to Merwin's Riverview home, where they interviewed him and he admitted stabbing Andino during a fight, officials said.

The Sheriff's Office didn't say what the men were fighting about.

Merwin told investigators that he met Andino about a year ago after answering an ad he placed on Craigs­list looking for a roommate.

Hillsborough deputies arrest Riverview man in fatal stabbing 09/17/11 [Last modified: Sunday, September 18, 2011 12:09am]
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