Police: St. Pete man stabs, kills intruder who broke into his apartment

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (WFLA) — Police say a man is dead after a stabbing at a St. Petersburg apartment.

Officers were called to an apartment complex on 77th Avenue North around 1:30 a.m. Sunday.

According to investigators, 23-year-old Zachery Eggleston forced his way into an apartment where a man, his girlfriend and her daughter were sleeping.

Police say Eggleston then got into a fight with the man in the apartment, 29-year-old Jonathan Garcia.

“It became an all-out brawl,” said Yolanda Fernandez with the St. Petersburg Police Department.

During the fight, investigators say Garcia stabbed Eggleston. Both men were taken to the hospital for treatment.

Eggleston later died at the hospital.

According to police, Eggleston and Garcia both lived in the same apartment complex but did not know each other.

Police believe Eggleston had some kind of interest in Garcia’s girlfriend as he was shouting her name before breaking into the unit, although police aren’t sure how Eggleston knew Garcia’s girlfriend. She told police she also did not know him.

Officers are still investigating and say Garcia has not been charged at this time.

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