A Florida suspect previously charged with attempted murder after he allegedly stabbed an elderly man while stealing a car now faces one count of first-degree murder after the victim died, authorities said.
Around 1:30 p.m. Feb. 18, Christopher Lynn King was wearing a ski mask when he allegedly used a folding knife with a four-inch blade to stab 79-year-old Carlos Manuel Goita three times in the stomach in a parking lot outside a Haines City medical complex, police said, WTVT reported.
King, 32, is accused of then taking the keys to the stabbing victim’s 2003 Toyota Matrix and fleeing the scene.
Officers located King driving the stolen Matrix in Davenport and took him into custody after they disabled the vehicle and got into a brief foot pursuit with the suspect, police said.
Goita was airlifted to an area hospital, where he underwent emergency surgeries for his injuries.
According to WTVT, the victim, who suffered multiple heart attacks after the attack, died on Feb. 20, two days after the incident.
King was charged with Goita’s murder as well as aggravated battery on a victim 65 or over, armed robbery, grand theft auto, carrying a concealed weapon, fleeing to elude, driving without a valid license, resisting arrest with and without violence, wearing a mask in the commission of a felony and battery on a law enforcement officer.
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