Hillsborough deputies investigating stabbing at Red Roof Inn near fairgrounds

TAMPA — Hillsborough Sheriff's deputies are looking for a man they say stabbed the night clerk of a hotel early Tuesday.

It happened at the Red Roof Inn, 5001 N U.S. 301, near the Florida State Fairgrounds. Dispatchers received a call about the stabbing at 1:41 a.m.

Deputies said a man entered the hotel and demanded money from the clerk. They got into a struggle, which ended when the clerk was stabbed. The suspect ran away.

Deputies weren't sure how many times the clerk was stabbed. The suspect may have also sustained injuries.

The clerk was taken to St. Joseph's Hospital and is listed as stable, deputies said. They identified the clerk as Christopher Leitch, 35.

The suspect left a few items at the scene: a 6-inch knife, a size 8, black leather sneaker with a white sole and laces, and a brown baseball cap with the letters TM embroidered on the front and "Scarface" on the left side.

Deputies believe the suspect is white and in his early 20s, about 5-feet-9 and has brown hair. He was wearing a brown leather jacket, blue jeans and black sneakers, they said.

Hillsborough deputies are asking anyone with information to call the sheriff's office at (813)247-8200 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-873-8477.

Hillsborough deputies investigating stabbing at Red Roof Inn near fairgrounds 03/23/10 [Last modified: Tuesday, March 23, 2010 6:39pm]

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