Saturday, January 20, 2018
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Tampa man charged in stabbing death of roommate

TAMPA — A Tampa man was charged Saturday with the stabbing death of his roommate, Hillsborough County Sheriff's Officials said.

Lupello Gomez, 30, was charged with second-degree murder in the Feb. 24 death of 50-year-old Moises Alvarez-Hernandez. The men lived in Apartment A-15 at the Montierra Apartment Homes, a gated complex at 14415 Delores Court, near Bearss Avenue and N 22nd Street.

Authorities said Gomez called 911 about 2 a.m. to complain that a woman had stolen money from him. As he spoke to a dispatcher, the woman, whom Sheriff's Officials did not name, left and was seen fleeing the apartment complex.

When deputies arrived, Gomez answered the door and told them the woman was gone and everything was okay. Deputies told him they needed to come inside and check on the welfare of anyone in the apartment. Gomez tried and failed to keep deputies out, authorities said. Inside, they found Alvarez-Hernandez bleeding on the floor.

Several times, officials said, Gomez tried to interfere with rescuers trying to give medical care to Alvarez-Hernandez, who died at a hospital.

Alvarez-Hernandez had been stabbed twice, once in the back and once in the side, with one of the wounds perforating his heart and lung. Investigators said they found DNA from Alvarez-Hernandez on Gomez.

Detectives identified the woman seen running from the apartment as a prostitute whom Gomez had hired.

Sheriff's spokeswoman Debbie Carter said investigators had not determined what led to the stabbing, which the prostitute did not see.

"We believe that it occurred immediately after she left," Carter said.

Gomez was arrested the day of the stabbing on a charge of obstructing or opposing an officer without violence. The second-degree murder charge was added Saturday after investigators received the results of forensic tests. He was being held without bail at the Orient Road jail.

Richard Danielson can be reached at (813) 226-3403, [email protected] or @Danielson_Times on Twitter.

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