Teen Boy Charged With Murder Of Florida Homeless Man
Violence against homeless people is a growing problem across the U.S. and this most recent case of a teen boy who has been arrested for the stabbing death of a Florida homeless man is proof that it’s not getting any better.
Nearly a quarter-mile off the road, Thomas J. Bergstrom, 51, built a 20-foot-by-20-foot compound of pallets and bright blue tarps.
Anthony Cashdollar found him Saturday morning, stretched out on the ground, blood congealing on his arm and mouth, just feet from the recliner.
“I was so shocked, I just sat my hand on his back,” Cashdollar, 18, said Sunday night, adding that he called “Tommy, Tommy, Tommy. … Then it hit me that Tommy was dead.”
Sgt. Dana Coston of the Cape Coral Police Department said 13-year-old city resident Yoel Munoz was arrested at home Sunday, charged with second-degree murder and burglary in Bergstrom’s death. He was being held Sunday night and bond had not been set. His first court hearing was expected this morning.
Munoz’s father, Osmin, does not speak English and, through an interpreter, declined to comment about his son or the slaying.
Coston said Bergstrom was a transient and had been stabbed multiple times. Based on evidence recovered from and near the scene, Cape detectives identified Munoz as a suspect, Coston said.
In July, Cape police had issued a missing persons report for Munoz, saying he had been reported missing June 30 between 9 and 10 p.m. and was suspected of heading to East Fort Myers. At 10:45 a.m. July 1, Cape police reported Munoz had been found “safe and sound.”
Hopefully more details about this case will surface, like what happened between this barely-teenage boy and this homeless man that resulted in one of them being stabbed to death.
Cape Coral Police Department