CAPE CORAL, Fla. - A 13-year-old charged in the weekend murder of a homeless man made his first court appearance Monday morning in Fort Myers.
The boy was three weeks secure detention until his next court appearance on Thursday August 21. The teen is charged with 2nd degree murder and burglary.
The arrest report from Cape Coral police revealed new details about the murder of 51-year-old Thomas Bergstrom, who was found stabbed to death in a homeless camp near 100 NE Pine Island Road Saturday morning.
Bergstrom suffered several stab wounds to his upper body, right hand and arm. A knife was found on the bank of a nearby pond bearing the band name "Six Star" and was labeled a "Bread & Bagel" knife number 4. The knife tested positive for blood.
Found on a dirt path leading away from the camp was a white hockey face mask that had drawings and writing on it and what appeared to be blood.
Earlier that morning, police had responded to the emergency room at the Cape Coral Hospital where they found the teenage suspect. He had suffered a stab wound to his right thigh but would not discuss what had happened.
Police went to the boys home in the 500 block of NE Van Loon Lane and found blood smears on the walls and on a bed. They saw a knife block labeled "Six Star" that was missing some knives from the block.
The writing found in the suspect's room was similar to the writing on the hockey mask found near the crime scene. The suspect's mother confirmed that a hockey mask had been purchased for the suspect.