POLK COUNTY, Fla. — A Kissimmee man accused of stabbing another man to death has been arrested in Polk County.
Deputies said Frankie Alvarado, 31, was wanted after the deadly stabbing that happened Wednesday at a home in Poinciana.
Alvarado was involved in an argument at the home at around 7 p.m. and was asked to leave.
Deputies said the victim had grabbed a baseball bat for protection as Alvarado was leaving, and a fight between the two men happened when Alvarado soon returned to the home.
Alvarado told deputies the victim hit him with the baseball bat after stepping out of the home, and then Alvarado stabbed the man several times with a switchblade knife.
The victim fell back inside the home where he died, deputies said.
Alvarado told investigators that he had been using a combination of methamphetamine, fentanyl and heroin on late Wednesday afternoon and that drug use has made him violent in the past.
Deputies said Alvarado ran from the home and told detectives he took the baseball bat and threw it away and also dropped the knife somewhere.
When deputies located Alvarado, he ran away but was later arrested.
“This was a tragic and senseless murder,” said Polk County Sheriff Grady Judd. “Alvarado admitted to taking drugs prior to murdering the victim and telling the victim he wanted to fight him when all he had to do was leave the home. I’m proud of my deputies for quickly apprehending this felon and getting this dangerous criminal off the street.”
Alvarado is charged with second-degree murder, tampering with evidence and resisting an officer without violence.
Deputies said his prior criminal history includes 11 felonies and two misdemeanors for possession of cocaine, possession of synthetic marijuana, violation of probation, failure to appear, aggravated battery domestic violence, giving a false name to law enforcement, tampering with evidence, petit theft and criminal mischief.
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