Police say an argument broke out in an Oklahoma department store on Monday over a shoplifting that left a man stabbed to death in hospital.
Tulsa police wrote in a Facebook post that a 71-year-old man was walking to Dillard’s store in Tulsa’s Woodland Hills Mall when he thought he had seen a man being kidnapped.
According to the police, when the buyer confronted the man, he took out a knife and stabbed the buyer in the chest.
“They had a little fight and they broke up,” Danny Bean, a public relations officer at the Tulsa Police Department, told KTUL. “At that time, our suspect took the knife out of his coat and then stabbed our victim in the chest.”
According to the police, the buyer was rushed to the hospital, where he underwent surgery. He is in stable condition.
The man fled after the stabbing, and the police asked for public help in locating him.
Police said on Tuesday they had arrested 19-year-old David Alvarado.
He was executed in a Tulsa state prison on charges of assault with a deadly weapon.
Officials say one should be careful in choosing to intervene in the situation.
“We do not want citizens to take matters into their own hands because they do not know what is going on,” Karen Gilbert, executive director of Tulsa Crime Stoppers, told KTUL. “You do not know if that suspect has a weapon on him, be it a knife or a pistol, that is why it is so important to be that good witness.”
He added that an observer could intervene if he felt it was necessary.
“He did not accidentally kill himself,” Bean told KTUL. “Whatever you feel safest about doing, if you feel safe when you collide with someone, it will be your decision.”
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