A 33-year-old homicide suspect made his first appearance before a Hillsborough County Circuit Court Judge early Saturday morning in Tampa.
Michael Stuart Marston is being held on a variety of charges including murder in the second-degree with a weapon.
He was denied bond.
According to a Tampa Police Department report Marston stabbed 73-year-old Rolando Rivera-Arroyo and then ran him over with his vehicle early Thursday morning.
The violent incident occurred just before 4 a.m. in the parking lot of the Christ the King Catholic Church in the 800 block of South Dale Mabry Highway in Tampa. Just before 6 a.m. an officer noticed a white Toyota parked under the awning of the church and when she stopped to investigate she discovered the victim's body.
Investigators say Marston abandoned the vehicle after the attack and walked away. He was apprehended a short time later and taken to a nearby hospital for treatment of a broken finger.
He apparently incurred the injury during his struggle with Rivera-Arroyo. When detectives attempted to speak with Marston at the hospital he violently resisted. Fortunately none of the TPD personnel were injured.
Before his encounter with the deceased investigators say Marston burglarized a storage area at his ex-wife's residence on Deleon St.
During that incident the suspect took several items and damaged property. The stolen property was recovered by detectives at the scene of the homicide.
In addition to the murder charge Marston is facing one count of resisting arrest, one count of illegal dumping, one count of petit theft and one count of criminal mischief.
Tampa Police say the victim was a homeless man with no known family members in the area. If you have any information about Rivera-Arroyo please contact TPD.
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