VERO BEACH, Fla. - A homeless person is in custody after a fatal stabbing Monday night outside a Vero Beach McDonald’s on U.S. 1.
Police said they received a 911 call around 9:30 p.m. stating that a customer had been stabbed and was lying inside the restaurant.
A witness said the attacker fled the scene on foot and ran across US 1 toward a Burger King.
Officers responded to both locations to help the victim, identified as Kevin Adorno, 32, and to attempt to locate the attacker.
When police arrived at the McDonald’s, officers said they found Adorno lying in the floor near the bathrooms.
“It was evident from the amount of blood that he had been stabbed several times in the chest and arm,” according to a news release from Vero Beach Police Department.
Rescue crews transported Adorno to Indian River Medical Center where he died a short time later.
The suspect identified as Rene Herrera Cruz, 59, was arrested across the street at the Burger King by Vero Beach police and deputies with the Indian River County Sheriff’s Office.
Cruz was later taken to the police department for questioning and admitted to the stabbing, said police.
According to the news release, Cruz said that he thought the victim was “directing other people via cellphone to attack him and Cruz therefore felt threatened and attacked Adorno.”
Witnesses said they saw Adorno walk to the parking lot of the McDonald’s before the attack and use his cellphone. They then saw Cruz approach Adorno, begin to attack him with a knife and then run across the US 1.
Police said there were no statements that would lead detectives to believe that Cruz was threatened in any way by Adorno.
A news conference is scheduled for 11 a.m. at the Vero Beach Police Department.