Suspect Allegedly Stabs Victim and Drinks His Blood
BARTOW, Fla -- A 42-year-old man accused of stabbing a friend to death and then drinking his blood in front of his horrified niece and her young children.

Mauricio Mendez Lopez was captured after a three day manhunt.

He's accused of killing Macario Cruz in a house they shared.

A third resident, Cruz's sister-in-law Mariella Mendez, told police that Lopez was upset because she was in a relationship with Mendez.

A police report shows the men had an argument in which Lopez struck Cruz in the face with a 15-pound dumb bell.

He then allegedly threatened to kill them both unless the relationship ended.
 

Lopez allegedly stabbed Cruz at least twice in the chest.

One of the knife wounds pierced his heart, and he died at the scene.

Mendez told police Lopez left with a plastic cup in his hand that appeared to hold blood.

She said he drank from the cup in a strange ritual from their native Mexico.

Lopez faces charges of second degree murder, aggravated battery with a deadly weapon, felony battery, and two counts of aggravated assault.