Florida Keys News - Key West Citizen
Thursday, January 31, 2013
Suspect admits to stabbing

A Key West homeless man freely admitted that he stabbed a stranger on Duval Street last week because his victim was "blowing kisses" in his direction, according to a detective's report released Wednesday.

Reinel Molina, 37, who has no address, remains jailed in lieu of $250,000 bail, a week after police arrested him for attempted murder.

The 10 p.m. stabbing sent Jerry Fratelli, 34, of Key West, to a Miami hospital via an emergency flight.

Fratelli was listed as stable the following morning having suffered a punctured lung that required a chest tube, the same police report released Wednesday said.

"Somebody was disrespecting me and I saw this knife in the alley and I stabbed him," Molina said the same night he was arrested for attempted murder, according to a report written by Detective Todd Stevens and dated Monday.

When Stevens asked exactly for clarification on the reported "disrespect," Molina reportedly said that the man was blowing kisses at him.

Molina said he stabbed the man "in the neck" but wasn't trying to kill him, police reported.

The weapon recovered was a stainless steel knife with a 6-inch curved blade and a forked end, the report said. Police found dried blood on the blade.

"I asked him if he had wanted him to die and he said no," Stevens wrote about his interview with Molina, which was recorded. "I asked him if he had thought the other person might die and he said no."

Molina soon became "irate" at the line of questioning and said he no longer wanted to talk, the report said.

"Well, he disrespected me and that's it," Molina said, as his final answer.

Police have some security video taken by a camera outside Shorty's Market on Duval Street. The footage from Shorty's Market shows Fratelli in front of the store and Molina "suddenly strike at Fratelli with his right hand," as Fratelli takes several steps backward out of camera range, the initial police reports said.

"The video showed Fratelli dancing in the direction of Molina in what appeared to be an antagonizing manner."

Molina has a history of being arrested while homeless in Key West, having racked up seven trespassing violations since November 2010. He also has a prior misdemeanor theft conviction, according to Monroe County court records.


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