Man dies in stabbing
HUNTINGTON — Investigators have charged a Detroit man with first-degree murder in Wednesday morning’s stabbing death of a local man.
The warrant charges Peter Martin King-Howard, 32, according to a press release issued Thursday morning. The incident killed Christopher A. Crawford, 38, of Huntington.
Anyone with information about King-Howard's whereabouts should call 911 or the Huntington Police Department tip line at 304-696-4444.
King-Howard had been staying with a woman in the 1900 block of Bungelow Avenue for the past six months. That home was searched Wednesday as part of the investigation.
The release said King-Howard should be considered armed.
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HUNTINGTON -- An argument inside a Ford Taurus turned deadly late Wednesday morning when one passenger stabbed another in West Huntington, investigators said.
Christopher A. Crawford, 38, of Huntington, died shortly after being taken to Cabell Huntington Hospital from several stab wounds he suffered during an altercation that took place at 10:45 a.m. Wednesday, Huntington Police Lt. John Williams said in a press release.
Authorities found Crawford unresponsive in the 600 block of 3rd Street West. Huntington Police Cpl. Gary Queen said authorities believe the car's driver picked up both passengers at a nearby restaurant, drove around in the area and suddenly stopped when the stabbing occurred.
The preliminary investigation indicated the attacker and Crawford were riding in the car together when an altercation broke out between them, during which Crawford was stabbed, Williams said.
He said investigators believe the incident to be drug related, and no arrests have been made.
The victim exited the vehicle and briefly walked around, leaving several pools of blood before he collapsed. Queen arrived to find the victim alive, but unresponsive.
Queen credited the vehicle's driver with alerting authorities. Cabell County 911 received her call at 10:51 a.m.
The driver and two occupants in an oncoming vehicle saw the assailant run from the scene, Queen said. The suspect fled down 61/2 alley prior to the arrival of officers, Williams said.
Officers were searching for a black male, 6-feet-2-inches tall, with a heavy build, said to be dark skinned and wearing a dark jacket, jeans and high-top tennis shoes, according to the release.
Anyone with information about the incident should call 911 or the Huntington Police Department tip line at 304-696-4444.
The driver, eventually interviewed by detectives, was visibly upset upon Queen's arrival, he said.
"She knows the victim well," he said. "All of this is just unnecessary -- to be in this situation and end up being killed."
Queen said Crawford and the driver had known each other for a long time, further describing them as classmates years ago. She knew much less about the attacker.
Queen did not disclose the nature of the parties' argument due to the ongoing investigation.
Police kept a portion of 3rd Street West closed into early afternoon Wednesday as a crime scene investigator documented more than 20 pieces of evidence, including several pools of blood and other items.
The West Huntington crime scene spanned from an alley between 6th and 7th avenues north to just beyond the parked Ford Taurus midway between the alley and 6th Avenue West.
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