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Tampa man arrested in stabbing death of 'Cat Man'

TAMPA — Police arrested a man early Tuesday they said was responsible for stabbing a 49-year-old mechanic to death inside his home in June.

Police said Charles Edward Chambers, 36, of Tampa killed Nelson Carillo at his home, 4008 E Paris St., on June 29.

Carillo was found with multiple stab wounds, police said. Crime scene technicians collected blood from the scene and sent it to the Florida Department of Law Enforcement for analysis.

On Aug. 11, the FDLE linked evidence to Chambers, who police said also pawned a piece of Carillo's jewelry.

Police arrested Chambers at about 3:15 a.m. Monday at 2303 E 132nd Ave. He faces a charge of second-degree murder.

At the time of his death, Carillo's neighbors said they couldn't imagine why anyone would want to hurt him. He lived alone and worked as a mechanic 12 hours a day, five days a week.

Some in the neighborhood knew him as "Cat Man" because he would feed neighborhood kittens and keep a few himself.

Chambers was being held Tuesday without bail in the Hillsborough County Jail.

Chambers was previously convicted of perjury and selling counterfeit drugs in 1996 in Bay County and was sentenced to five years in prison, according to the Florida Department of Corrections. He spent nearly 2 ½ years in prison.

On his left arm he has a tattoo that reads "Crip."

He has been arrested numerous times in Florida on charges including larceny, resisting arrest and burglary.

Tampa man arrested in stabbing death of 'Cat Man' 08/16/11 [Last modified: Tuesday, August 16, 2011 12:54pm]
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