Hillsborough County
Chad Chronister, Sheriff
Tampa, FL
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    Release Number: 15-120

    • For Immediate Release:
    • Public Information Office of Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office
    • March 2, 2015
    • Contact Person:
    • Public Information Office : piooffice@hcso.tampa.fl.us
    • 813-247-8060

    Homicide

    Detectives have identified and arrested suspect.
    • Sunday
    • March 1, 2015
    • Time: 2:55 AM
    • 9802 Highway 301 South
    • Riverview

    Victim:

    Male, 38
    Address: Homeless, living behind the Winn-Dixie Store

    Suspect:


    Charles J. Cline
    DOB: 11-13-58
    Address: At large

    Charges:

    • Murder in the Second Degree
    • Tampering with Physical Evidence (Destroy)
    • False Name to a Law Enforcement Officer

    Details:

    On March 1, 2015 at 2:55 a.m. the victim called 911 and advised he had been stabbed and was bleeding to death. The victim further related he was located at the Winn Dixie on Boyette Road. Deputies responded to the Winn Dixie located at 9802 Highway 301 South in Riverview, which is in the southeast corner of Boyette Road and Highway 301 south. Deputies located the victim who died within seconds of their arrival. The victim was observed to have a 3” to 4” inch deep, laceration to the left side of his neck, which led to his death. The victim was located, laying face down, in the southeast corner of the parking lot, in the rear of the Winn Dixie. Deputies made contact with a witness who advised that the victim routinely associated with a white male, who drove a blue in color, SUV.

    During the course of the investigation detectives learned that the victim, suspect and the suspect's fiancee had been drinking and the suspect thought that the victim was possibly hitting on his fiancee. The victim and the suspect got into an altercation which resulted in the suspect cutting the victim. The suspect fled the scene and the victim called 911.

    On March 1, 2015, a witness advised that the defendant told him he had been involved in an altercation with the victim. The defendant indicated that there was a large amount of blood, and he had left the victim behind the Winn Dixie. The defendant requested gasoline to burn items which were contained in a plastic bag. According to the witness, Cline is known to carry a “sling-blade” under the front seat of his Ford Escape. On March 2, 2015 a patrol deputy made contact with the defendant who was driving his vehicle, and a passenger (witness). Observed within the vehicle, in plain view, was what appeared to be dried blood and blood splatter in the rear passenger area.

    Upon being interviewed by detectives, the suspect admitted to the confrontation and cutting the victim. He also admitted to burning the bloody clothes that he was wearing at the time of the incident.

    When detectives arrested Cline he identified himself numerous times at Robert Oakley. At the conclusion of the investigation, when it was learned that Oakley was not his name, detectives confronted Cline with the information and he admitted that he taken the name of Robert Oakley because that was the name on a New York drivers license he had obtained.

    The victim has been identified, but next of kin has not been notified.

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