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Months-long manhunt comes to an end in Panama City Beach

Cruz-Corales was taken into custody and booked into the Bay County Jail on charges of...
Cruz-Corales was taken into custody and booked into the Bay County Jail on charges of Aggravated Battery with a Deadly Weapon Causing Great Bodily Harm, Aggravated Battery with a Deadly Weapon (DV), and Armed Burglary of an Occupied Dwelling with a Battery.(Bay County Sheriff's Office)
Updated: Jun. 21, 2021 at 3:01 PM CDT
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PANAMA CITY, Fla. (WJHG/WECP) - Kilber Efrain Cruz-Corales was taken into custody Monday in Panama City Beach after being on the run for several months.

Officials say in March, Cruz-Corales entered the home of his ex-wife in Hillsborough County, Florida. He allegedly crawled through a window of a child’s room armed with a knife. He then reportedly stabbed his ex-wife’s current husband numerous times and then allegedly stabbed his ex-wife multiple times before fleeing. Warrants were obtained after the attack and he was a wanted fugitive.

Hillsborough County received information that Cruz-Corales was doing framing work in Panama City Beach. After a week of investigating, a task force went to a housing facility at 111 Miracle Strip Loop, where Cruz-Corales was believed to be located. Members of the U.S. Marshal Task Force walked around the area where they spotted Cruz-Corales on the second floor of the complex. They said Cruz-Corales knew he was spotted so he lowered his head and tried to flee.

Cruz-Corales was taken into custody and booked into the Bay County Jail on charges of aggravated battery with a deadly weapon causing great bodily harm, aggravated battery with a deadly weapon, and armed burglary of an occupied dwelling with a battery.

Cruz-Corales will be held without bond as he awaits extradition to Hillsborough County.

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