Navy: Suspect in Virginia Stabbing Arrested

By: Brock Vergakis, Associated Press
By: Brock Vergakis, Associated Press

PORTSMOUTH, Va. (AP) — The Navy says law enforcement officials have arrested the man suspected of stabbing a fellow sailor near a naval hospital, ending an hours-long manhunt.

Capt. Michael "Jake" Johansson, commanding officer of Naval Support Activity Hampton Roads, says Petty Officer 3rd Class Wilbur Harwell was arrested on Friday in nearby Virginia Beach.

Earlier in the day, the Navy placed Naval Support Activity Hampton Roads, Portsmouth Annex, on a lockdown after the stabbing. The installation is home to Naval Medical Center Portsmouth, and the stabbing occurred outside the Navy Exchange. The lockdown was lifted after Harwell's arrest. The Navy says the victim is in critical condition after being stabbed in the neck and chest.

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(June 6, 1:25 p.m.)

A Virginia Navy installation was on a partial lockdown after a stabbing, with officials searching for the suspect.

The Navy says the stabbing occurred Friday during an argument between two service members outside the Navy Exchange at Naval Support Activity Hampton Roads, Portsmouth Annex. The installation is home to Naval Medical Center Portsmouth.

The Navy identifies the suspect as Petty Officer 3rd Class Wilbur Harwell. The Navy says he hasn't been caught.

Capt. Michael "Jake" Johansson, commanding officer of Naval Support Activity Hampton Roads, says the victim suffered critical injuries. The victim hasn't been identified.

Traffic onto the base is not allowed. Officials continue to search installation buildings. The Navy says it's turning away people with routine medical visits or other business.

The annex is home to the nation's first naval medical center.

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