TAMPA - An arrest has been made in the homicide investigation where a man's body was found in a church parking lot.
Michael Stuart Marston, 33, was taken into custody Thursday around 6:30 p.m. He faces charges including second degree murder, resisting arrest with violence, illegal dumping, burglary, petit theft, and criminal mischief.
The body of Rolando Rivera-Arroyo, 73, was found around 8 a.m. at Christ the King church at 821 South Dale Mabry.
Investigators say Marston attacked Rivera-Arroyo after a disagreement. According to reports, Marston allegedly stabbed the older man, then ran him over with his car - leaving the victim under the vehicle and walking away from the scene.
A Tampa police officer encountered Marston walking at Henderson Boulevard and Swann Avenue at 4:15 a.m. Detectives say he was transported to Memorial Hospital for a broken finger that he apparently suffered during the incident.
During the investigation, detectives identified Marston as the murder suspect. When detectives arrived at the hospital to arrest the suspect, they say he violently fought them. The officers were not injured.
Prior to the murder, Marston reportedly burglarized a storage area at his ex-wife's apartment located at 3318 Deleon Street. He allegedly stole various items and damaged property.
Detectives recovered the stolen property in the parking lot where the murder took place.
The victim does not have any known family members, and investigators continue to try and locate Rivera-Arroyo's next of kin.
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