LUTZ — A man stabbed his ex-wife's new boyfriend to death late Thursday night inside her Lutz home, according to Pasco County sheriff's deputies.
Erick Reinhart, 42, was airlifted to a local hospital after the killing, having subsequently stabbed himself, deputies said. He faces a charge of second-degree murder in the death of Alex Iliff, 33, according to the Sheriff's Office.
Reinhart came to the home of Amy Reinhart at 24941 Oakhaven Court around 11:45 p.m. with the "clear intention that he was looking for his ex-wife's boyfriend," said Pasco Sheriff Chris Nocco. He was armed with a large knife.
"A struggle ensued and Erick Reinhart stabbed the victim to death," Nocco said.
Amy Reinhart was at the home, as was her sister, who was in another room and called 911.
Deputies arrived and found Erick Reinhart in a bathroom, bleeding heavily from self-inflicted wounds to his neck and abdomen, deputies said. He was airlifted to a hospital.
The couple's children, ages 5 and 6, were later found alone in Erick Reinhart's apartment in Hillsborough County. The children, Amy Reinhart and her sister were unharmed.
Records from the Pasco County clerk state that the Reinharts' divorce closed June 6, but a foreclosure on the couple's house is still open.
Erick Reinhart had a problem with a previous girlfriend, records show. In 2001, a restraining order was filed against him in Hillsborough County, according to records from the Hillsborough County clerk. He did not violate the restraining order, and it expired a year later. The available records do not provide details of why the woman took out the restraining order.
On Dec. 6, 2013, four days before the Reinharts filed for divorce, Erick Reinhart was detained by deputies under the Baker Act, which means he was a danger to himself, Sheriff's Office spokesman Eddie Daniels said.