Make us your home page
Instagram

Today’s top headlines delivered to you daily.

(View our Privacy Policy)

Hillsborough deputies: Man stabbed to death in front of Tampa gas station

TAMPA — A 24-year-old Pensacola man died outside a gas station early Friday after a friend stabbed him in the upper torso following an argument, according to the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office.

Benjamin Ryan Edelbeck was found dead about 2:15 a.m. at a Citgo gas station near U.S. 301 and Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard.

Minutes earlier, a security camera at the gas station captured Edelbeck and 26-year-old Brian Andrews, also of Pensacola, fighting behind a vehicle. At one point, Edelbeck grabbed his left side as if injured, deputies said.

Edelbeck suffered one stab wound to the left side of his upper torso, according to the Sheriff's Office.

The argument had started earlier in the night at the Dallas Bull, a well-known bar.

About 1:45 a.m., Edelbeck, Andrews and another friend were inside a VIP room at the Dallas Bull, 3322 N U.S. 301. Security guards at the bar suspected them of smoking marijuana and escorted the men into the parking lot.

Outside, a security guard saw a metal folding knife in Andrews' front pocket. The guard asked for the knife until the group left the property. Andrews complied but got the knife back when he began walking with his party to their vehicle.

As they walked, one of the men from the VIP room began arguing with Andrews about getting kicked out of the bar and the $150 he had put down to reserve the VIP lounge, deputies said.

Edelbeck stepped in between the men and attempted to diffuse the situation. They separated but quickly got into another tiff, which security broke up.

The argument continued once they all got into the vehicle and started driving, deputies said.

With Andrews and Edelbeck arguing, the third friend eventually pulled over at the Citgo, telling the men to get out or else he would.

Andrews took off his black polo shirt and got out of the vehicle. Edelbeck also got out. Both men met at the back of the vehicle and started fighting. The fight was caught by Citgo's surveillance system.

Deputies said Edelbeck had blood on the front of his clothing.

As Edelbeck tried to walk through the doors of the gas station, Andrews came from behind and pulled him to the side, preventing him from going in, deputies said.

He then walked Edelbeck to where he was later found dead by responding deputies about 2:15 a.m.

Andrews had blood on his hands and clothing, deputies said. Security at the Dallas Bull also identified him as the man who had the knife at the time the group left the bar, deputies said.

A metal folding knife with blood on it was found near the scene.

Deputies arrested Andrews Friday and charged him with second-degree murder. He was being held in the Hillsborough County jail without bail.

Danny Valentine can be reached at dvalentine@tampabay.com or (813) 226-3386.

Hillsborough deputies: Man stabbed to death in front of Tampa gas station 05/18/12 [Last modified: Friday, May 18, 2012 11:54pm]
Photo reprints | Article reprints

© 2017 Tampa Bay Times

    

Join the discussion: Click to view comments, add yours

Loading...
  1. For starters: Ramus to DL, Peterson back, no further moves

    Blogs

    We were expecting a flurry of roster moves this afternoon and we got one. OF Colby Ramus is on the 10-day disabled list retroactive to June 19 with left hip tendinitis.

    Colby Ramus is on the 10-day disabled list retroactive to June 19 with left hip tendinitis.
  2. Editorial: Failure to invest in transit means fewer HART routes

    Editorials

    It was simple economics that forced HART, Hillsborough County's mass transit agency, to cut its bus routes. The agency will focus its resources on the more crowded urban core, limiting service in the suburbs in an effort to get more bang for the buck. These are the hard choices communities must make when they refuse to …

    Hillsborough Area Regional Transit is cutting bus routes from 41 to 34. Those in more rural areas will find it harder to catch a bus.
  3. Editorial: Senate bill sacrifices health care for tax cuts

    Editorials

    No wonder Senate Republicans drafted their health care legislation in secret. Beneath the surface, it looks no better than the House version that even President Donald Trump has called mean. This remains a massive tax cut for the wealthy at the expense of the poor, the middle class and the elderly, and it would cost …

    No wonder Senate Republicans, led by Mitch McConnell, above, drafted their health care legislation in secret. Beneath the surface, it looks no better than the House version that even President Donald Trump has called mean.
  4. UberEATS expands to more cities within Tampa Bay

    Business

    TAMPA — UberEATS is expanding its service area in Tampa Bay. Starting today, users in Gibsonton, Odessa, New Port Richey, Riverview and Tarpon Springs can have food dropped off at their location.

    UberEATS is expanding its service area in Tampa Bay. [Courtesy of UberEATS]
  5. Tenants face eviction as county and Dade City landlord battle

    Human Interest

    DADE CITY — Lianette Hernandez had hoped she and her family would soon move out of their one-bedroom home in Lazy Breeze Mobile Home & RV Park. But not like this.

    Sarah Bryant-Lewis sits outside her home at Lazy Breeze Mobile Home & RV Park in Dade City. Bryant-Lewis and her family are among 10 households at the park that are being evicted. [Photo by Laura Newberry]