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Tampa man charged with murder in machete killing

TAMPA -- Before deputies arrested him, a Tampa man charged with first-degree murder abandoned a machete in a public trash can and purchased a one-way bus ticket to Mexico, authorities said Monday.

The body of an unidentified 26-year-old Hispanic male was found dead in a locked bedroom at about 11:30 a.m. Saturday, according to the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office. Deputies arrested Candelario Herrera-Vazque, 24, in Ocala after he boarded a bus in Wimauma.

Herrera-Vazquez and the victim fought at about 2:00 a.m., but the body wasn't discovered for several hours, deputies said. Herrera-Vasquez fled to Sarasota County, where he dumped the alleged murder weapon, later found by the Sarasota County Sheriff's Office Department, deputies said.

Caitlin Johnston can be reached at or 813-225-3111.

Tampa man charged with murder in machete killing 07/23/12 [Last modified: Monday, July 23, 2012 10:49am]
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