Suspect is charged with manslaughter in a parking lot fight Sunday
By JESSICA DE LEON
MANATEE -- A 21-year-old man has been charged with manslaughter in the stabbing death of a 28-year-old man after a fight at a Bradenton restaurant, the Manatee County Sheriff's Office said Tuesday.
Melvin Quevedo is charged with manslaughter in the death of Herman Tabora-Discua.
Quevedo, Tabora-Discua and another man got into a fight about 9 p.m. Sunday at Mami Carmen's Restaurante, 5604 15th St. E., according to the sheriff's office.
The fight led to a later confrontation in the parking lot of an adjacent pawn shop, according to detectives. In the parking lot, Tabora-Discua punched Quevedo and Quevedo stabbed him, according to the report.
Tabora-Discua collapsed and was taken to Blake Medical Center in Bradenton. He died Monday from his injuries.
Quevedo appeared before Circuit Judge Peter Dubensky for a first appearance hearing Tuesday afternoon.
Dubensky set bonds totaling $100,001 for Quevedo who was ordered to have no contact with the victim's family.
Quevedo, from El Salvador, will be unable to bond out because federal immigration officials will place a hold on him, according to Assistant State Attorney Brian Chambers.
A family friend, Selena Garza, spoke on Quevedo's behalf.
"Despite what happened, he is a really good person," Garza said. "This is the only bad thing he has ever done."
The woman expressed sympathy for the victim and said she understood the need for justice, but added there are
two sides to every story.
After viewing a surveillance video, detectives identified the suspect's car and began searching the Oneco area, according to the arrest report.
A car matching the description was found in the 900 block of 61st Avenue Circle East. Detectives interviewed the registered owner, Quevedo's brother, and learned he had been with Quevedo and a friend at the restaurant but his brother and friend were the ones who drove the car. Quevedo's brother told detectives he left the restaurant at 10 p.m. and came home, according to the report.
Quevedo and his friend arrived home at 1 a.m. Monday and were intoxicated, according to the report. Quevedo's brother took the keys from them and the men walked off in an unknown direction.
Detectives, with the aid of his brother, found Quevedo at 10:25 p.m. Monday in the 5700 block of 10th Street East. Quevedo agreed to an interview and was taken to the sheriff's office.
After being read his Miranda rights, Quevedo told detectives Tabora-Discua punched him in the face but he didn't remember what happened after that, according to the arrest report. When shown the surveillance video, Quevedo identified himself as the person being punched and the same person who then stabbed Tabora-Discua.
"He acknowledged that he was very annoyed in the parking lot as a result of being punched," lead detective Darryl Davis wrote. "The defendant then became very upset and remorseful about what occurred."
Quevedo could not tell detectives where the weapon or the clothes he had been wearing were. Quevedo has no prior criminal record, according to records and law enforcement.
Kate Irby, Herald online reporter, contributed to this report.
Jessica De Leon, Herald law enforcement reporter, can be reached at 941-745-7049. You can follow her on Twitter @JDeLeon1012.