March 19, 2018 12:18 PM
Authorities have identified the two victims and the man they believe responsible for carrying out a double stabbing Saturday at a Rochester apartment complex.
Fifty-seven-year-old Phillip William Hicks and 45-year-old Eric Alan Flemming, both of Rochester, were killed.
Rochester police arrested 53-year-old Glenn Roger Johnson in connection to the stabbing. He’s being held on two counts of probable cause second-degree murder, though he has yet to be officially charged.
Police say all three were residents of The Salvation Army Castleview Apartments, where the stabbings occurred.
According to a department news release, officers responded about 7:15 p.m. Saturday to a report of a double stabbing at the apartment building, at 120 N. Broadway Ave.
There, they found two men later identified as Hicks and Flemming on the building’s fourth floor suffering from stab wounds.
Responders took life-saving measures before both men were taken to St. Mary’s Hospital, where they were pronounced dead about 8 p.m.
Police say that when officers arrived, they spotted a man, identified Sunday as Johnson, trying to leave the building from a rear stairway. He was arrested, and police say they believe he is the lone suspect.
Rochester police Capt. John Sherwin told the Post Bulletin newspaper the suspect was "definitely under the influence of alcohol" when he allegedly stabbed the two men on the fourth floor of the building. The 53-year-old man was arrested shortly after the stabbings as he tried to leave the building through a rear stairway and was being held Sunday on two tentative counts of second-degree murder.
Authorities still were trying to piece together the circumstances that led to the stabbings, but Sherwin said the suspect reportedly had "bickered" with the victims "quite a bit." The suspect was combative with arresting officers and would not tell investigators what happened after he was arrested, Sherwin said.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.
Updated: March 19, 2018 12:18 PM
Created: March 18, 2018 02:52 PM
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