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54-year-old man charged with homicide after stabbing near 11th and Greenfield

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Posted at 4:10 PM, Sep 02, 2020
and last updated 2020-09-02 17:10:20-04

MILWAUKEE — A 54-year-old man has been charged with homicide after police say he stabbed and killed a 58-year-old man near 11th and Greenfield on Thursday.

Damaso Vazquez, 54, was walking near 1128 W. Greenfield Ave. when he got in an argument with the victim and stabbed him, a criminal complaint says.

When police arrived, they found the victim laying on the sidewalk with several stab wounds. They performed life-saving measures but were unsuccessful and the victim was declared dead on the scene.

During an autopsy on the victim, the medical examiner determined that stab wounds to the chest and arms was the cause of death and declared the death a homicide.

The criminal complaint states that while police were at the scene, a nearby resident reported an unwanted man on her porch. Police identified the man on the porch as Vazquez.

He had a bloody knife on him and was wearing clothing that matched the description a witness had given about the suspect.

Vazquez gave a statement to Milwaukee officers and admitted to stabbing the victim during an argument. He said the victim had shoved him so he stabbed him.

Vazquez stated that he had found the knife on the ground earlier that day and kept it.

Now, Vazquez is being charged with second-degree reckless homicide which is punishable up to 25 years in prison. However, because Vazquez used a dangerous weapon, courts could tack on an additional five years.

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