Broward County

Man Arrested in Dania Beach Hotel Room Murder: BSO

Alphonso Washington, 59, was arrested Wednesday on a murder charge

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Authorities have arrested a man in connection with the killing of another man in a Dania Beach hotel room over the weekend.

Alphonso Washington, 59, was arrested Wednesday on a murder charge, Broward Sheriff's Office officials said.

Deputies had responded to the Rodeway Inn and Suites at 2440 State Road 84 on Sunday afternoon after receiving a call of a man found lying on the bathroom floor in a room.

The victim, who had multiple lacerations to his body, was pronounced dead at the scene. Officials haven't released his name.

Investigators later identified Washington as a suspect, and he was taken into custody at the hotel, officials said.

General manager of the hotel Izzy Fintz says Washington was living there as part of a program between the city and the hotel to provide shelter for the homeless to curb the spread of the coronavirus. 

Funding to pay for the rooms has now run out.

“The money is over,” Fintz said. “The funding is over ... We’re one of the few hotels that was willing during this major pandemic to provide assistance to some of the people who could not get shelter or needed assistance in housing.”

Washington was booked into jail, where he was being held without bond Thursday, records showed. Attorney information wasn't available.

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