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Hobe Sound stabbing suspect arrested in Jacksonville

Jared Diaz, 30, stabbed Robert Meadows to death during fight, deputies say
Jared Diaz, 30, is taken into custody by the Martin County Sheriff's Office in Jacksonville, Fla. on Dec. 1, 2022.jpg
Posted at 11:03 AM, Dec 02, 2022
and last updated 2022-12-02 23:57:48-05

STUART, Fla. — The man wanted by law enforcement after a fatal stabbing in Hobe Sound nearly a week ago has been arrested in Jacksonville, authorities said Friday.

The Martin County Sheriff's Office posted on Facebook that detectives captured Jared Alexander Diaz, 30, on Thursday night.

The sheriff's office said Diaz and Robert Meadows got into a fight about 6 p.m. last Saturday at a home in the Preserve of Hobe Sound off Sea Branch Boulevard.

Diaz stabbed Meadows to death and then took off, according to the sheriff's office.

The sheriff's office said it had been tracking leads and setting up surveillance over the last week in areas where Diaz was seen hiding out.

When detectives tried to arrest Diaz on Thursday night in Jacksonville, he jumped out of a window and tried to run away again. He was eventually captured by a K-9 unit from the Jacksonville Sheriff's Office.

"He being treated for dog bites and he also has additional charges in Jacksonville that he is going to have to work through," Sheriff William Snyder said. "Apparently he was not invited. He was not supposed to be there but ends up in the house anyway

U.S. marshals also assisted with the investigation.

Diaz will be transferred to Martin County to face manslaughter charges.