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Bradenton man’s spleen ruptured in fatal attack

MANATEE — A Bradenton man who authorities say was beaten to death by his neighbor with a pipe died from a ruptured spleen suffered in the attack, according to a Manatee County Sheriff’s Office report.

Manuel D. Canales, 52, is being held in jail on a charge of second degree murder in the death of Patrick Steele. The men lived a block away from each other on 19th Street West.

Sheriff’s reports say Canales and Steele, 42, had been drinking together Friday around 10 p.m. when they got into an argument that led to an exchange of punches. During the fight, Canales grabbed a piped and hit Steel on the left side of his body.

Steele ran away with Canales giving chase, landing three to four more blows with the pipe, one in the head causing a deep cut, according to sheriff’s reports.

Canales fled on a bicycle and Steele made it to the front door of his home where he collapsed. Steele’s 9-year-old son found his father unconscious at the front door and emergency personnel airlifted him to Bayfront Medical Center, where doctors later pronounced him dead from a ruptured spleen, according to a sheriff’s report.

Sheriff’s reports say Canales admitted to hitting Steele with the pipe and took detectives to where he hid it after the attack. He is being held in the Manatee County jail without bond.