August 11, 2011

Tavernier man stabbed during argument

Tavernier – A Tavernier man was stabbed by his friend when the two argued about a woman.

Deputy Kyle Page responded to Burton Drive in Tavernier at 2:30 p.m. and met with the 30 year old victim, Hector Martinez. He said he and the suspect, 34 year old Cesar Castillo, live together. He was unsure of the address where they lived; deputies finally found the trailer on  Garden Street.

Castillo was just riding away on a bicycle when deputies arrived on Garden Street. When they spoke with him, he told them he and the victim had been drinking earlier. He said they got into an argument over Castillo’s wife. He said he bent over to light a cigarette from a burner on the stove and the Martinez pushed his face into the stove. He said the two of them fought with each other. That is when Castillo said he grabbed a knife from the counter and swung it at the victim, cutting him once on the left side and once on the arm.

Martinez was treated for his injuries and released from Mariner’s Hospital in Tavernier. Castillo was booked into jail on charges of aggravated battery.

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