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Cleveland man accused of stabbing man 11 times in the neck and back

September 20, 2018

Cleveland man accused of stabbing man 11 times in the neck and back

CLEVELAND, Ohio — A Cleveland man is accused of stabbing a 54-year-old man 11 times in the neck and back during an argument over crack cocaine.

Arcadio Flores Santiago, 31, is charged with felonious assault. He is not in police custody and a warrant was issued Wednesday for his arrest.

Flores Santiago was released from prison in October 2017 after spending nine years in prison on two cases, including one for attempted murder in which he stabbed a man.

The most recent stabbing happened about 1 a.m. July 26 at the 54-year-old man’s home on Archwood Avenue, west of Pearl Road in the city’s Brooklyn Centre neighborhood.

The man told police he invited a woman he knows to his home to smoke crack, police reports say. The woman brought Flores Santiago, who the 54-year-old man had never met, police reports say.

The trio smoked crack until they ran out, police reports say. Flores Santiago became enraged and accused the 54-year-old man of lying. The man told Flores Santiago that he wasn’t lying and had no more crack.

Flores Santiago pulled out a knife and stabbed the man several times. He ran out of the house with the woman.

The man stumbled down the street to Cleveland Fire House No. 20 on Pearl Road. An ambulance took him to MetroHealth.

A jury in 2010 found Flores Santiago guilty of attempted murder. He stabbed a man in the stomach in 2009 after his girlfriend accused the man of setting her up to be robbed inside a Cuyahoga Metropolitan Housing Authority apartment.

Flores Santiago, who walked to the store to buy a cigarillo with the man he eventually stabbed, acted like he was going to shake the man’s hand, pulled out a knife and stabbed him in the stomach, hospitalizing the man for eight days.

Flores Santiago was also sentenced to three years in prison in 2007 for an armed robbery in Lakewood and for drug possession and drug trafficking.

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