Update: A previous version of this story erroneously stated that the victim had died based upon the police charges.
The fight began as others have: a self-appointed guardian of disabled parking spaces decides someone doesn’t belong in such a place and confronts the person.
This time it ended with the stabbing of a man allegedly parked where he didn’t belong, according to a suspect who has been arrested and charged with homicide without premeditation. The charge includes the wording, “a depraved mind regardless of human life,” according to the arrest report.
Despite the homicide charge, Broward Sheriff’s Office spokesperson Joy Oglesby said the victim is alive. Family members say he is in the hospital “fighting for his life” in critical condition.
“The charge is based on the offense that was attempted,” Oglesby said in an email to the Miami Herald.
According to deputies from BSO, Julio Ramos, 43, of Pompano Beach, stabbed Oswald Zambrano, 40, repeatedly with a folding knife’s four-inch blade in the abdomen and chest area.
The incident occurred outside Little Treasures Academy, a day care and preschool venue at 101 SE 11th Ave., Pompano Beach, on Monday afternoon at about 5:30 p.m. Zambrano had parked in the handicapped spot for a few minutes to pick up his wife, deputies said.
A witness, identified as “Ally” on the arrest report, said Ramos told Zambrano to get out of his car because he was parked improperly in a handicapped space. The two men argued until Ramos pulled out a blue folding knife and began stabbing Zambrano multiple times, the witness told deputies.
Before Zambrano lost consciousness, he told responding officers that Ramos had stabbed him. Deputies found the knife in Ramos’ front pocket.
The stabbing “caused the victim to suffer life threatening cardiovascular and pulmonary injuries,” BSO Det. Mark Warsaw wrote in the affidavit.
Ramos was hospitalized with non-life-threatening injuries apparently caused by his own actions, according to the arrest report.
On Thursday, Zambrano was in critical, but stable, condition at Broward Health North, said his daughter-in-law Diana Ramirez. He has had one surgery on Wednesday to address internal bleeding, she said, but will need to undergo more surgical procedures once he’s stabilized.
Ramirez started a GoFundMe page to raise money for Zambrano’s family, living expenses, and to help care for his three school age children.
On the page, named “Pompano Beach stabbing victim,” Ramirez wrote: “Thank God, he is not dead but he is in critical condition. He is my brother-in-law and as of right now he is fighting for his life! He has 2 young sons about to start school and 1 daughter starting her last year of college. They will soon have many expenses that they won’t be able to afford because the loss of income, due to this tragic situation.”
The family hopes to raise $5,000. By Saturday morning, the GoFundMe page has raised more than $1,800 from 42 people.
The page is at: www.gofundme.com/pompano-beach-stabbing-victim.
On Friday, Zambrano’s daughter Ashley told WSVN her dad called her before he lost consciousness at the scene. “He just told me like, ‘I love you, take care of your brothers,’ and you can hear his breathing is labored.”