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Suspect in Tampa slaying surrenders

TAMPA — Anthony Papp called police to tell them he did it.

Early Wednesday, he stabbed to death his old flame's new boyfriend, Tampa police said. Papp, 34, was hiding in the woods near S Manhattan Avenue when he called authorities to turn himself in.

Investigators said the attack occurred about 1:45 a.m., when Papp, 34, made his way inside a residence at Gardens of South Bay apartments, 6720 S Lois Ave.

Waleska Rivera, 31, who is Papp's ex-girlfriend, told police she heard noises outside her bedroom door, according to a police report. When she opened the door to investigate, police said, she was met by Papp. He was clutching a knife.

Papp sliced and pushed Rivera on his way to the bed, where he found Christopher Brough just waking up. Authorities said Papp stabbed Brough in the neck then ran away. Brough bled to death and was pronounced dead at the scene.

Rivera said Brough had been staying with her for about two months.

"He was staying with me because my ex-boyfriend was threatening me," Rivera said, fighting tears. "He didn't want to leave me by myself."

Police spokeswoman Andrea Davis said detectives are still working to find out how Papp got inside the couple's apartment.

Brough, 35, was recently divorced from his ex-wife Monica, relatives said. He leaves behind three young daughters, Brough's former father-in-law Glenn Archer said.

He described Brough as straight and narrow, a former heavy equipment operator with a stint working on Air Force bases.

"I've never known him to be in anything crooked or in trouble with the law," Archer said.

Florida Department of Law Enforcement records show Papp has a previous arrest on a domestic violence battery charge, which was dropped. In 2006, he was arrested on a charge of aggravated assault after pushing a pregnant woman. Those charges were dropped.

After the stabbing, Papp ran away, prompting an aerial search and a canine unit, but he managed to elude capture until he turned himself in, police said.

Papp is charged with first-degree murder with a weapon and armed burglary with the intent to commit battery.

Times staff writer Rebecca Catalanello contributed to this report.

Suspect in Tampa slaying surrenders 05/14/08 [Last modified: Monday, May 19, 2008 9:01pm]
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