August 05, 2010

Mauricio Lopez - Jailed After Stabbing Man To Death, Drinking Glass Filled With Victim’s Blood

Mauricio Mendez Lopez Jail Booking

Bartow, Florida (The Weekly Vice) - Mauricio Mendez Lopez, a 42-year-old Florida man was jailed Wednesday after he murdered his nieces boyfriend and then proceeded to drink the man's blood while four horrified children watched.

According to Bartow Police, Lopez broke into his niece's home Sunday night, locked the doors behind him and then stabbed her boyfriend, Macario Cruz, in the heart and liver. Then as four horrified children inside the home watched, Lopez drank the victim's blood before fleeing into the night.

Investigators say Lopez attacked the man because he was angry over the relationship between Cruz and his niece.

The victim's girlfriend, Mirella Mendez, described for police the events of the grizzly murder.

"He had a cup of blood in his hand and said 'the devil tells me his life is now mine and I'm going to drink it.'" said Mendez.

He then reportedly raised the bloody glass in the air and proclaimed "this is my secret" before fleeing the scene.

Police say Lopez was apprehended Wednesday after he asked a female driver for a ride. The driver reportedly recognized him, drove off like a bat out of hell, and called police. Lopez was arrested moments later.

Lopez was booked into the Polk County Jail on charges of 2nd-degree murder, aggravated battery, felony battery, and two counts of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon.

The additional charges of aggravated assault reportedly involve prior incidents in which Lopez assaulted Macario Cruz and his brother, Juan Cruz.

Danny Vice
The Weekly Vice

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