A graphic designer on a biking trip from Maryland to Miami was fatally stabbed by a homeless man while he was talking to his girlfriend on the phone outside a Florida McDonald’s, authorities said.
Kevin Adorno, 28, of Unionville, Connecticut, stumbled into the McDonald’s Monday after the attack, witnesses told police. He had been talking on the phone with his girlfriend – whom he planned to propose to at the conclusion of his trip – The Vero Beach News Journal reported. He was stabbed around 9:30 p.m.
Adorno’s girlfriend told investigators she didn’t hear any sounds during the confrontation, but she did hear the phone drop, then silence, then eventually sirens in the background.
Restaurant patrons told police they saw the homeless man dart across the street to a Burger King. Police found Rene Herrera Cruz, 59, there and arrested him on the spot. He is charged with first-degree murder. It is not known whether Cruz had an attorney.
Cruz told officers he thought Adorno was directing people by cellphone to attack him, according to police. He also said he thought someone inside McDonald’s was ordering an attack on him with their laptop.
No statements led detectives to believe that Adorno had threatened Cruz in any way, WPTV reports.
Police chief David Currey said Cruz called 911 from a spot near the McDonald’s on Sunday night, saying he was afraid someone was trying to hurt him.
“We dealt with him actually the night before. He called us from Burger King right across the street and he told responding officers that individuals were looking for him or were after him,” said Vero Beach Police Chief David Currey.
When Adorno stumbled into the fast-food joint, someone started administering aid while another called 911. He was taken to a local hospital and pronounced dead a short time after. He received stab wounds to his chest and arm.
Currey said investigators learned the bicycling trip was on Adorno’s “bucket list”. He began cycling from Maryland in August. Currey said officers found an engagement ring in Adorno’s backpack.