Man stabbed to death; 2 suspects on the loose

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PHOENIX – Police are investigating an early morning homicide at a Phoenix apartment complex.

It happened at about 1:30 a.m. Friday near 16th Street and Thomas Road. According to Sgt. Tommy Thompson of the Phoenix Department, a man was stabbed to death as he was walking from a convenience store back to his apartment.

“When he got into the parking lot, he and a companion got into an altercation with two suspects,” Thompson said.

The victim was taken to a local hospital where he later died of his injuries.

The first suspect is a black male who is 5 feet 9 inches tall and weighs about 150 pounds. He has a light complexion and was wearing dark shorts.

“A key characteristic of this individual is he has a ponytail,” Thompson said.

The second suspect also is a black male. He is about 5 feet 7 inches tall, weighing about 180 pounds. He was wearing a gray shirt and dark shorts.

“The key characteristic on this individual is he has braids,” Thompson said.

Investigators are hoping that somebody in the community knows the two suspects, both of whom were last seen walking into the apartment complex.

“We believe there’s somebody out there who possibly has some information,” Thompson said. “We’d love to have that information so we can get a hold of these people.”

Detectives do not know what sparked the initial altercation, nor have they talked to the person who was with the victim when the confrontation occurred.

“We’d like to contact the individual who we believe was with the victim so we can get the story,” Thompson said. “Any time we get on a scene like this, it’s a matter of putting all the pieces together and gathering all the information to find out what truly transpired.”

Investigators have not released any information about the victim.