From the Tampa Bay Times, a hotdog arguement leads to a stabbing between roomates…
In Saint Petersburg, police say a man killed his roommate Tuesday morning during an argument over a missing corn dog.
The victim, 56, died after he was stabbed once in the chest by a man 20 years his junior.
The roomate, 36, was arrested on a second-degree murder charge.
“It’s hard to imagine someone taking a life over something so trivial,” said a police spokesman. Both men lived in St. Petersburg in a transitional living residence run by New Faith Free Methodist Church.
Police say someone called 911 around 9:45 a.m. Tuesday to report a stabbing at the home, where detectives said about four or five people lived. The caller said the attacker was still in the home and still armed with a knife.
A neighbor described seeing a woman run into the street yelling for help.
“I heard screaming and jumped up,” said a next-door neighbor. “The lady was standing in the middle of the street. She had stopped traffic.”
The neighbor called 911. Emergency vehicles and police cruisers swarmed the area.
He and other neighbors watched as paramedics brought an injured man out on a stretcher.
“He looked pretty bad,” said another neighbor. “He had a lot of blood all over him.”
Officers said they arrested the suspect without incident. Two other residents were taken to the police station to be interviewed.
Detectives said the Defendant told other residents food had been stolen from his room.
“It appears that somebody pilfered a corn dog from him,” . “He was the only one there with corn dogs.”
At first, police said, the suspectr pointed the finger at a female friend of the victim who was at the home. Then he turned on his roommate, grabbing a butcher knife from the kitchen at some point.
“They went back and forth, and that’s when the guy got stabbed,” per the police.
Officers found a knife in the sink.
Authorities said the home caters to people from different backgrounds, some homeless, others with addiction or mental problems, police said.
It was unclear what landed the roomates at the home or how long they’d been living there.
Residents said the victim had fallen on hard times but had turned his life around. He worked at a local nursing home; public records showed he was a certified nursing assistant.
The suspect served nearly two years in prison from 2006 to 2008 for aggravated battery with a deadly weapon, records show. According to the Florida Department of Law Enforcement, his criminal history also includes arrests on charges of drug possession, battery and obstruction.
The victim’s only brush with the law was in the 1970s for a robbery, records show.
As of this writing, it is unknown what type of mental illness the suspect has (if any) and whether or not the suspect has a criminal defense lawyer…