Wednesday, January 17, 2018
Public safety

Homeless man facing attempted murder charge in Ybor stabbing

TAMPA — An argument over alcohol between two homeless men led one man to stab the other in the head early Wednesday morning, landing him an attempted murder charge and ending their 20-year friendship, according to a police report.

Hector Flores Vasconcellos, 52, was sleeping behind the Ybor Grocery store at 3401 N 15th St. when, just after midnight Wednesday, 58-year-old Luis Gustavo Diaz attacked, stabbing Vasconcellos in the head, police said. The two fought and in the scuffle, Diaz began to bleed from a set of stitches on the tip of his nose. Vasconcellos was cut on his hand before he got up and made his way to the street.

When police arrived, they found Vasconcellos sitting on a milk crate bleeding from a large wound to his head. Officers found Diaz walking nearby with blood on his hands, shirt, pants and face, police said. He was carrying a black bag. When police later searched the bag, they found two knives with blood coating the blades.

Vasconcellos told police the two had fought earlier that day. He said they had been arguing for the past several days over an incident in which Diaz had a mutual friend arrested for an open container violation, the report said. They had lived together on the streets for 20 years, Vasconcellos said. He said they were good friends, until this happened.

Vasconcellos was taken to St. Joseph's Hospital for treatment. His injuries were not life threatening, police said.

Diaz was stitched up at Tampa General Hospital before being booked in the Hillsborough County jail on charges of attempted murder and aggravated battery. He was held without bail.

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