Police call Sunday night's fatal stabbing a domestic violence case

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BOWLING GREEN, Ky. (WBKO) -- A stabbing overnight turned fatal. Police are now calling this a murder-domestic violence situation. A warrant has been issued for the arrest of Joshua Crouch who is still at large.

Joshua Crouch

"We know that someone knows where he is," said Officer Ronnie Ward, spokesperson for the Bowling Green Police Department.

Between rain and darkness, sirens and lights lit up College View Road Sunday night around 11 p.m.

"One thing led to another and then next thing I know this happen," said Ricky Miller, uncle of Crouch/witness.

Tracy Riggsbee and Joshua Crouch of Bowling Green were believed to be in a relationship.

"Seemed like they were just arguing all day and one thing led to another," said Miller.

The two had supposedly been at Crouch's uncle house when the situation happened.

"I heard her squeal out," explained Miller. "I run in there and try to get the door open and it was locked. And i said Josh open the door and I pulled on it and about that time it came open."

Police say they believe Crouch stabbed Riggsbee multiple times before fleeing from the scene.

"He took off out here and went towards Morgantown Road," said Miller.

Riggsbee was pronounced dead at a local hospital.

"Tracy was just a long time friend," said Miller. "She's an outgoing person - a real good person she's a good girl."

Police say both the victim and the suspect are known to law enforcement prior to this incident.

"We did know both of the people that were involved in this case so officers are familiar with Mr. Crouch," said Officer Ward.

Earlier on Monday, law enforcement and the fire department were back at the scene.

"I saw the fireman on the roof and getting a knife off. That was crazy I haven't seen anything like that," said Kaelin Jenkins, nearby neighbor.

Although, police could not confirm why they were back at the scene and/if they recovered anything in regards to evidence.

Police continue this search -- all the while, Miller tries to makes sense of what he tragically witnessed last night.

"I wish the family the best and I'm sorry. There wasn't nothing I could do," said a tearful Miller.

Police do say they believe this is an isolated situation so the public does not need to feel like they're in any sort of immediate or serious danger. However, people should notify law enforcement immediately if spotted.

"Obviously now he has a warrant now for murder and that may escalate his desire to not get caught," explained Officer Ward.

Police say additional charges could be added once Crouch is caught.

Anyone with information on Crouch's whereabouts are encouraged to call 270-393-4000 or 911​.

Crime Stoppers is also offering a cash rewards for information that would lead to locating Crouch. Call 270-781-CLUE to report anything.



 
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