Teen Admits to Stabbing 22-Year-Old Man to Death Because He ‘Had a Hard Day’ and ‘Wanted to Kill the First Person He Saw’

Police in Clearwater, Fla., on Thursday announced the arrest of a 16-year-old suspected of stabbing a man to death because he “had a hard day” and “just wanted to kill the first person he saw,” WFTS-TV reports.

Mychal King admitted to killing 22-year-old Jason Taylor Paul for no reason on the night of January 6, according to police. Paul was stabbed multiple times while riding his bike home from work.

Clearwater police Chief Anthony Holloway said there was no robbery and no drugs involved in the incident. “This was a very senseless crime,” he added.

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Paul’s mother, Renee Langfritz, described her son’s killer as a “coward.”

“This coward, truly a coward, who would leave a young innocent man to die alone in the dark in the middle of the street, must be caught,” she said prior to King’s arrest.

Police will charge King, who reportedly has a lengthy criminal history, with first degree murder.