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May 16, 2013

Police look for stabbing suspect

Woodward man injured after interrupting robbery attempt

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Woodward, Okla. — SEEKING HELP TO IDENTIFY SUSPECT

The Thompsons and the Woodward Police Department are asking for the public's help in trying to locate the suspect.

In a post made on Facebook seeking help in identifying the man responsible for her husband's stabbing, Thompson said her husband described the suspect as "probably in his early 20's. Chad thinks he may have been in the 6 foot range, somewhere between 140-160 pounds and had dark blonde/brown, very curly hair. The curly hair is what stands out the most to Chad. He believes the man was white. He was wearing baggy jeans and a black leather jacket."

Anyone with any information about the possible suspect or other details about Wednesday's stabbing incident is asked to contact the Woodward Police Department immediately by calling 254-8518.

In the same Facebook post, Thompson said she was asking for help in finding the suspect because "this man is running around with a knife and he's not afraid to use it.  The sooner he's caught, the sooner we can all rest a little easier."

The incident has left her feeling a little scared.

"It's scary to know there are people like that here," she said.  "This is Woodward for crying out loud; this is supposed to be a good, safe place to raise your children."

WORDS OF ADVICE

WPD Det. Lt. Chuck Wheeler said that Wednesday's incident was an unfortunate reminder of the importance of locking your vehicles.

"In this case the vehicle was unlocked. So we would like to remind the public to try to make sure we do secure vehicles and try not to leave anything of value in them," Wheeler said.

Thompson said she has the same advice.

"People need to lock their doors.  I always lock mine and am always getting onto Chad because he never locks his.  He will start now though," she said.

Wheeler said he would also advise not to try and restrain a suspect yourself.

"It's our preference that you don't try to pursue these people, but call the authorities," Wheeler said.

The reason?  "Just for these cases right here where we had an individual stabbed with a knife.  Property is not worth sacrificing one's well-being or their life," the detective said.  "This could've easily been a more severe situation; it's fortunate the victim was not injured any worse than what he was."

Thompson said, "Chad did say when he went after the guy that it never occurred to him that the guy would have a knife.  There was not a thought in his head that he would have a weapon."

After her husband learned firsthand just how dangerous it can be, she said she would urge people to "maybe think twice about going after a thief, because you don't know what could happen.  You don't know if they're holding a knife or even a gun."

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