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Man facing murder charge in Tampa stabbing says he was fighting Muay Thai boxer

Andy Flores-Tello, 20, stabbed a 35-year-old man during a fight on Saturday, Tampa police said.
Andy Flores-Tello, 20, was arrested on a first degree murder charge Sunday, a day after Tampa police say he fatally stabbed a man during a domestic dispute.
Andy Flores-Tello, 20, was arrested on a first degree murder charge Sunday, a day after Tampa police say he fatally stabbed a man during a domestic dispute. [ Tampa Police Department ]
Published Oct. 5, 2020
Updated Oct. 5, 2020

TAMPA — A 20-year-old Tampa man faces a first-degree murder charge after he stabbed another man during a domestic dispute on Saturday, police said.

Andy Flores-Tello got into a fight with another man about 11:20 p.m. at a home on the 2500 block of W Saint John St., according to a news release from Tampa police. As the fight escalated, Flores-Tello produced a knife and stabbed the man, police said.

A witness at the home called police and officers found the 35-year-old victim slumped against a wall, bleeding from a stab wound in his chest, according to a redacted arrest report released by Tampa police. A kitchen knife lay near the man. Tampa Fire Rescue personnel pronounced him dead at the scene.

The witness, who lives in the home with Flores-Tello and the victim, said the two men had been drinking earlier in the evening and got into a fight in the bedroom they share. The victim heard Flores-Tello yell in Spanish, “You’re not my dad, I’ll kill you,” the report says.

The witness then saw the man running from Flores-Tello, who was holding a knife in his right hand. When the man turned around and took a fighting stance to defend himself, Flores-Tello stabbed him, the witness told police. Detectives noted the man had a stab wound in the back of his neck.

Police identified Flores-Tello as a suspect and arrested him about 10 a.m. Sunday near the intersection of Armenia Avenue and Tampa Bay Boulevard, the report says. His pants appeared to be stained with blood, according to the report.

Flores-Tello told police he and the man were drinking when Flores-Tello confronted him about cheating on his wife, the report says. Flores-Tello said the victim was a Muay Thai boxer, a reference to an especially aggressive martial arts form.

The victim assumed a fighting pose and when the two began to clash, he got Flores-Tello onto the ground and began striking him in the head. Flores-Tello told police the next thing he remembers is waking up outside the house.

The victim’s name is redacted from the arrest report. The Tampa Police Department no longer releases the names of crime victims due to the department’s interpretation of Marsy’s Law, a state constitutional amendment that’s meant to protect crime victims but that deprives the public of information that had long been available under Florida’s public records law.

Flores was being held Monday without bail. Records show he is a Guatemalan national and works as a painter.