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Brandon bowling alley fight ends in death, manslaughter charge

The man Jose Vasquez, Jr. fought outside of Brandon Crossroads hit his head twice on the pavement and died on Saturday, deputies said.

BRANDON — A 22-year-old Tampa man faces a manslaughter charge after a man he fought outside a Brandon alley died from his injuries, deputies said.

Jose Vasquez, Jr. got into a fight with another man outside the Brandon Crossroads on Crater Lane about 1 a.m. on Nov. 10, according to the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office. During the fight, the man hit his head on the pavement at least twice.

When onlookers tried to intervene and pick up the man from the ground, he was “out of it,” witnesses later told investigators. Vasquez then punched the man in the face, causing him to fall to the pavement and hit his head again, investigators said.

When deputies arrived, Vasquez gave them a false name and fled the scene. The man he fought was taken to Tampa General Hospital in critical condition. The Sheriff’s Office did not release the man’s name because of the agency’s interpretation of a constitutional known as Marsy’s Law.

Deputies located Vasquez on Nov. 13 and charged him with felony battery and providing a false name to law enforcement. He was also wanted on an outstanding warrant on a charge of being a felon in possession of a firearm.

The man Vasquez fought died on Saturday. An autopsy completed Monday by the Hillsborough County Medical Examiner concluded the manner of death was homicide due to blunt impact to the head.

Vasquez’s battery charge was upgraded to manslaughter on Monday. He was being held without bail Tuesday in the Hillsborough County jail.