VERO BEACH, FL (WFLX) - A homeless person is in custody after a fatal stabbing Monday night outside a Vero Beach McDonald's on U.S. 1.
Police said they received a 911 call around 9:30 p.m. Monday stating a customer had been stabbed and was lying inside the restaurant.
A witness said the attacker fled the scene on foot and ran across U.S. 1 toward a Burger King.
Officers responded to both locations to help the victim, identified as Kevin Adorno, 28, of Unionville, Connecticut and to attempt to locate the attacker.
When police arrived at the McDonald's, officers said, they found Adorno lying in the floor near the bathrooms. They say he was attacked outside and collapsed inside the restaurant.
"It was evident from the amount of blood that he had been stabbed several times in the chest and arm," according to a news release from Vero Beach Police Department.
Rescue crews transported Adorno to Indian River Medical Center where he died a short time later.
The suspect, identified as Rene Herrera Cruz, 59, was arrested across the street at the Burger King by Vero Beach police and deputies with the Indian River County Sheriff's Office.
Cruz was later taken to the police department for questioning and admitted to the stabbing, said police.
According to the news release, Cruz said, he thought the victim was "directing other people via cellphone to attack him, and Cruz, therefore, felt threatened and attacked Adorno".
Witnesses said they saw Adorno walk to the parking lot of the McDonald's before the attack and use his cellphone. They then saw Cruz approach Adorno, begin to attack him with a knife, and then run across the U.S. 1.
"We dealt with him actually the night before. He called us from Burger King right across the street, and he told responding officers that individuals were looking for him or were after him, said Vero Beach Police Chief David Currey.
Police said there were no statements that would lead detectives to believe that Cruz was threatened in any way by Adorno.
Adorno was completing a bucket list bicycling trip down the East Coast. Last summer, he went from Maine to Maryland, and this summer was heading from Maryland to Miami where he reportedly was going to propose to his girlfriend.
The owner of the McDonald's released a statement that says in part "Our customers and employees' safety is always our top priority. We are cooperating fully with the local authorities in their investigation."
Cruz has been charged with first-degree murder.