A father has been charged with stabbing his son to death Tuesday evening in an Alcoa hotel.

Jose Rolando Hernandez-Perez, 52, was charged with criminal homicide and is being held at the Blount County Correctional Facility in lieu of a $750,000 bond pending a 1:30 p.m. hearing Aug. 12 in Blount County General Sessions Court.

Alcoa Police officers responded at 9:22 p.m. Tuesday to WoodSprings Suites, 4412 Singleton Station Road, after a caller reported finding a man who had been stabbed in an elevator.

Personnel from AMR, Blount County Sheriff’s Department and the Alcoa Fire Department rendered aid to 26-year-old Jose Rolando Hernandez-Meza, who was pronounced dead shortly afterward at the University of Tennessee Hospital in Knoxville. 

Detective Jeff Parsons said the men, who are from Mexico, were arguing when the stabbing occurred.

They were staying in Alcoa while they worked on a construction project on Chapman Highway in Knoxville, Parsons said.

A call to their employer, Lemmer Construction Inc. of Corbin, Kentucky, wasn't returned by press time Thursday. 

Detectives faced a language barrier when they attempted to interview Hernandez-Perez, who doesn't speak English. 

A Maryville Police officer, who speaks Spanish, assisted the investigative team, Parsons said Tuesday morning.

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