Crime

Man’s death after fight in hotel room appears to be result of medical episode

Preliminary autopsy results show that the death of a man after a fight at a Tamiami Trail hotel Wednesday night was the result of a medical episode, according to the Manatee County Sheriff’s Office.

Anthony Lewis, 56, of Orlando, and three of his co-workers were staying at the Ramada Inn, 7150 N. Tamiami Trail, Wednesday night. They were in town working for a company passing out fliers in neighborhoods and parking lots, according to the Manatee County Sheriff’s Office.

The sheriff’s office Homicide Investigative Unit was investigating the death, as it does any suspicious death. According to preliminary results from Lewis’ autopsy, it appeared he had died from a medical episode, according to sheriff’s office spokesperson Dave Bristow.

“It doesn’t appear it’s going to be any kind of criminal investigation from here on,” Bristow said.

Lewis and one of his co-workers got into an argument in their hotel room around 11 p.m. Lewis struck or punched the other man four or five times in the face, according to the sheriff’s office. The man, defending himself, struck Lewis once.

Lewis fell backwards and hit his head on the tile floor, knocking him unconscious.

Moments later, EMS crews arrived. Despite life-saving efforts, Lewis died at the scene, according to the sheriff’s office.

Statements from the victim and other witnesses have been consistent with the evidence, Bristow said.

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