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UPDATED: Man arrested in early-morning slaying in Hilltop alley

Post by Stacey Mulick / The News Tribune on May 9, 2012 at 6:19 am |
May 9, 2012 4:59 pm

UPDATED at 1:20 p.m.

Tacoma police have arrested a man in connection with the death of another man found in a Hilltop alley early today.

The suspect, described as in his 40s, has been booked into Pierce County Jail on suspicion of second-degree murder, Tacoma police spokesman Mark Fulghum said this afternoon.

Investigators say the victim and suspect knew each other. They had a fight and the victim was stabbed, Fulghum said.

An anonymous caller called 911 just before 3:15 a.m. and reported finding the man’s body was in the alley of South 19th Street between South M Street and South Sheridan Avenue, Fulghum said.

Officers arrived and found the dead man, who was believed to be in his 50s, Fulghum said. Officers who work in the area recognize him as someone who frequents the Hilltop.

Detectives and forensic investigators spent the morning at the scene. South 19th Street blocked between South M and South Sheridan was shut down while they did their work.

Fulghum said the woman who made the anonymous call came to the scene and told detectives who she was.

The suspect also might have contacted investigators at the crime scene and made comments about knowing the victim, Fulghum said.

“They are not looking for anybody else,” he added.

The reason for the fight between the suspect and victim wasn’t immediately known.


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