Thursday, April 26, 2018
Public safety

Hillsborough deputies name second man in Sunday's double stabbing

TAMPA — Deputies on Wednesday named the man who days earlier had walked into a 7-Eleven store, covered in blood and with stab wounds.

Luis Rivers, 19, remained in St. Joseph's Hospital in serious but stable condition, according to the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office.

Deputies are still investigating how he might be connected to another stabbing — this one fatal — in the same area.

Rivers stumbled into the convenience store at 4001 Waters Ave. Sunday night. After paramedics took him to a hospital, an anonymous caller tipped off deputies that injured another man was a few blocks away.

Deputies found 45-year-old Ovidio Sanchez of Tampa in a drainage ditch nearby. He also had stab wounds and later died.

Deputies still haven't revealed if there are any suspects in these stabbings but do believe the cases are related.

State records show both men previously had been arrested.

Sanchez was arrested June 5 on a felony charge of armed robbery and a misdemeanor charge of marijuana possession. He was taken into custody at that time near the same 7-Eleven store, records show.

Rivers, who authorities said has no permanent address, was arrested Oct. 28, 2011, on a petty theft charge. He pleaded guilty and a judge withheld adjudication, records show. But he was arrested again Feb. 14 on a count of failing to appear in court for a hearing on that petty theft case, records show.

Times staff writer Robbyn Mitchell and news researcher Natalie Watson contributed to this report.

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