Stab­bing death likely self-de­fense, po­lice say

Arkansas Democrat-Gazette - - ARKANSAS -

A woman fa­tally stabbed her boyfriend in self-de­fense Fri­day night in North Lit­tle Rock, po­lice re­ported Satur­day.

Of­fi­cers were called at 6:53 p.m. to a home at 3904 Su­san Cir­cle, west of Arkansas 365. They found Mark An­drew Crotts, 53, ly­ing in the drive­way. He’d been stabbed mul­ti­ple times, ac­cord­ing to reports

Po­lice said Crotts was taken to Bap­tist Health Med­i­cal Cen­ter-North Lit­tle Rock, where he died from his in­juries.

Of­fi­cers searched the area of the stab­bing for Crotts’ girl­friend, who had re­port­edly been seen flee­ing his res­i­dence in a dark-col­ored Ford F-150, po­lice said. They found her driv­ing onto In­ter­state 40, just south of the home, and stopped her, po­lice re­ported.

De­part­ment spokesman Sgt. Brian Dedrick said Satur­day that de­tec­tives had ques­tioned the woman and re­leased her with­out fil­ing charges. He said in­ves­ti­ga­tors be­lieve she killed Crotts in self-de­fense.

Po­lice had not re­leased the woman’s iden­tity late Satur­day.

Dedrick said the woman had been in a phys­i­cal fight with Crotts, but he did not have in­for­ma­tion on whether she’d been in­jured. He said the woman prob­a­bly fled the scene of the killing be­cause she was scared.

Dedrick said he did not have fur­ther de­tails on the case.

An in­ves­ti­ga­tion is on­go­ing. The Po­lice De­part­ment will sub­mit its find­ings to prose­cu­tors, who will ul­ti­mately de­ter­mine whether the woman faces any charges.

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