Residents at short-term hotel in Dania Beach say man stabbed to death worked there

Victim identified as 44-year-old Hector Armando Alcaraz Rodriguez

He lived in a quiet neighborhood in Dania Beach and worked at a nearby hotel. The man neighbors identified as Hector was found stabbed to death in an alleyway.

DANIA BEACH, Fla. – One person described the Dania Beach neighborhood where a man was found stabbed to death Sunday as “sleepy.”

According to the Broward Sheriff’s Office, deputies responded to the area at approximately 11:38 a.m. and found a man who had been stabbed.

He was identified Tuesday as 44-year-old Hector Armando Alcaraz Rodriguez.

Remnants of the crime scene remained on Monday in the alley where the stabbing happened in the area of Southeast Third Avenue and Sixth Street.

Several people told Local 10 News that Rodriguez lived in an efficiency apartment in the neighborhood. Local 10 News also learned that he worked at the Stay Inn Hotel and people who stay at the short-term rental property said he was the property manager.

The hotel is within walking distance from where the crime happened.

Deputies investigating Dania Beach stabbing

Neighbors say they didn’t hear or see any suspicious activity until authorities arrived.

“(This is a) very quiet neighborhood in Dania. This is a sleepy old neighborhood. Most people here have been in their house for 30, 40 years,” one neighbor, Diane Caulfield-Dorn, said.

Local 10 cameras captured investigators going door to door, talking with residents and trying to obtain surveillance video from nearby homes.

“The victim was last seen sometime around 6 p.m. last night,” BSO spokesman Carey Codd said on Sunday.

Codd said the victim was not seen again until they received the stabbing call Sunday morning. When deputies showed up, they found the man suffering from stab wounds.

Rescue workers pronounced Rodriguez dead at the scene.

BSO’s Homicide and Crime Scene units also responded and are investigating.

“At this point detectives tell me this appears to be an isolated incident,” Codd said. “This is a very active, ongoing investigation and right now investigators are asking for anyone who might have seen anything, heard anything, might have captured some surveillance video on a home video camera system, has cell phone video, please come forward and share that with investigators.”

“I’ll make sure my alarms are set tonight, but it is kind of scary,” Caulfield-Dorn said.

Anyone with information is urged to contact Broward Crime Stoppers at 954-493-8477.

About the Authors:

In January 2017, Hatzel Vela became the first local television journalist in the country to move to Cuba and cover the island from the inside. During his time living and working in Cuba, he covered some of the most significant stories in a post-Fidel Castro Cuba. 

David Dwork joined the WPLG Local 10 News team in August 2019. Born and raised in Miami-Dade County, David has covered South Florida sports since 2007.