Police investigate stabbing death

PARKERSBURG – Parkersburg Police are investigating a Sunday morning altercation after a Parkersburg man died of a stab wound, said Police Chief Joe Martin.

Anthony Ray Armstrong, no age or address available, died Sunday at Camden Clark Medical Center. His body will be sent to the State Medical Examiner’s Office in Charleston for an autopsy, Martin said.

Armstrong was in the Parkersburg area after being recently released from the Parkersburg Correction Center, he said.

The incident began about 3:01 a.m. Sunday when Parkersburg Police were dispatched to 3000 Emerson Ave. to investigate a possible shooting. After arriving on scene, officers had initially interviewed witnesses who provided the identity of the victim. Armstrong had been brought to the convenience store at that location by his girlfriend for help after being involved in a physical altercation at a nearby residence that ended with him being stabbed. EMS arrived on scene and took him to CCMC for treatment.

Witnesses provided information to the uniform officers that directed the investigation to 3404 Hemlock Ave. where the stabbing reportedly occurred, Martin said. Officers went to the residence on Hemlock Avenue and made contact with the resident and another witness to this incident and at that time, the officers secured the crime scene. Detectives were called and responded to the scene to begin the crime scene investigation. Additional detectives were called out and conducted interviews at headquarters.

Martin said the initial investigation reveals that in the early morning hours Sunday, Armstrong, William Strohman, no age or address available, and Kimberly Dawn Martin, no age or address available, had been together in a vehicle driven by Martin.

Strohman was involved in a relationship with a woman that had ended and this woman was at the Hemlock Avenue address on Sunday. Martin said Armstrong, Kimberly Martin, and Strohman went to the residence on Hemlock Avenue shortly before 3 a.m. and had a confrontation with Strohman’s former girlfriend and the man that resides at the residence.

During the confrontation, Armstrong allegedly struck the male resident causing him to fall to the ground and then he struck Strohman’s former girlfriend as well. The male resident was able to acquire a knife and stab Armstrong one time in the abdomen, ending the confrontation. Armstrong’s girlfriend, Kimberly Martin, was able to get him back into her vehicle and leave the scene.

Martin said Parkersburg detectives are still gathering information at this time to help determine which, if any, criminal charges are appropriate. Once all investigative leads are completed or exhausted, the case will be given to Wood County Prosecutor Jason Wharton to present to a grand jury, he said.