UPDATED: Stabbing near homeless encampment under investigation

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – Police in Morgantown are investigating a stabbing near the homeless encampment in lower Greenmont.

Interim police chief, Eric Powell says around 3:15 p.m. Wednesday officers made contact with a subject that told them a female stabbed a male, and both had left the area.

“They located some blood near the entrance of the homeless encampment,”Powell said,”And some blood droplets near the porta-potties at that location.”

Officers followed a trail of blood but were unable to locate the victim, but made contact with him again at 5:30 p.m. on Spruce Street in downtown Morgantown. During that contact the unidentified victim was able to flee from police questioning.

“Before fleeing he provided a wallet with an ID to the officer that was questioning him,”Powell said,”That wallet proved to be a stolen item taken from a vehicle here in town.”

Officers were able to locate the female suspect, but she denied any involvement in the incident or association with the victim. Reports indicate the victim is also refusing to cooperate with police.

“Right now, it’s difficult to make a case when you’re not having a person who is an alleged victim providing you with any information,”Powell said,”Or even confirming he is a victim.”

Powell says residents in the area can expect an increased presence of police.

“We’ve stepped up our presence down there,”Powell said,”In the next couple of weeks we’re going to be doing extra patrols down there just to make sure things are going good.”

No arrests have been made as a result of the stabbing report, but Powell says the victim will likely go to jail.

“This individual has reasons not to cooperate, he actually got an active warrant in a couple of locations,”Powell said,”He will more than likely be taken into custody.”

Information can be left confidentially by calling 304-284-7522.