Detroit man charged in stabbing
HUNTINGTON — Investigators sought the public’s help Thursday in their hunt for a Detroit man, whom they described as dangerous and involved in this week’s stabbing death of a man in West Huntington.
The warrant charges Peter Martin King-Howard, 32, with first-degree murder. Detectives credit tipsters with providing information about a potential drug motivation, however Huntington Police Lt. John Williams said they lack any details as to the suspect’s whereabouts after at least three witnesses saw a man matching his description run east from the 600 block of 3rd Street West.
Police consider King-Howard as armed. Anyone with information about his whereabouts should call 911 or the Huntington Police Department tip line at 304-696-4444.
The victim, Christopher A. Crawford of Huntignton, died a short time after receiving multiple stab wounds in a Ford Taurus. The incident happened as Crawford and the assailant rode in another woman’s Ford Taurus. Officers say she picked up the two men at a nearby restaurant, drove around in the area and stopped on 3rd Street West as the duo’s dispute escalated into deadly violence.
Both men exited the vehicle after the stabbing. Crawford, 38, briefly walked around, dripped several pools of blood and collapsed, while his attacker fled east in an alley between 6th and 7th avenues in West Huntington.
Police quickly determined the suspect’s street name as that of Noon or Noonie, but were unable to confirm King-Howard’s actual identity until they searched a home in the 1900 block of Bungalow Avenue. Tips indicate King-Howard had lived there with a woman for approximately six months.
Williams did not list specific items seized thus far, but said a knife used in the attack still eluded authorities. He said unspecified documents found at the Bungalow Avenue residence confirmed King-Howard’s identity. He said the man’s roommate claimed to have not known his actual name prior to Wednesday’s search.
The lieutenant said both men had prior arrests with city police, although he did not specify charges or convictions. He said investigators were still waiting to receive a detailed report of King-Howard’s criminal history.
Police credited the Ford Taurus’ driver with calling 911. She was questioned by detectives afterwards and gave “very little” information, although Williams said it led investigators to believe drugs played a role in the altercation.
Williams credited additional tips from other sources with solidifying the relationship to drug trafficking. He said investigators believe the altercation involved prior drug transactions around town. He said investigators found no drugs at the scene and no indication of such a deal taking place in the Ford Taurus immediately prior to the stabbing.
The lieutenant did not specify the drug involved due to the ongoing nature of the investigation.
Police at the scene indicated Crawford and the Ford Taurus’ driver had had known each other for a long time, further describing them as classmates years ago. She knew much less about the attacker.
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