Arrest made in fatal stabbing of Tampa man

Murder suspect arrested
Posted at 2:12 PM, Dec 31, 2012

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) -- Police have arrested a man accused of fatally stabbing someone over $10 worth of marijuana.

Hillsborough County Sheriff's deputies say 24-year-old Gerardo Rivera-Pagan is being held in jail on first-degree murder charge. They say he stabbed Ovidio Sanchez on Dec. 23 after he fought with Rivera-Pagan's friend at Angel's Smoke Shop near Tampa.

The Tampa Tribune reports Sanchez confronted 19-year-old Luis Rivers and stabbed him several times.

Authorities say Rivers was covered in blood when he went into a convenience store seeking help. He was taken to a hospital and was in stable condition last week.

According to deputies, Rivera-Pagan then fatally stabbed Sanchez and dumped his body in a drainage ditch.