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Roanoke Rapids stabbing victim crawls for help; man arrested

Posted January 2, 2012

— A man wanted in connection with a stabbing at a home in Roanoke Rapids was arrested Monday morning in Virginia, the Halifax County Sheriff's Department said. 

Authorities say Timothy Isaiah Moran, 35, stabbed a woman early Monday in a home in the Edgewater subdivision northwest of Roanoke Rapids. The woman, whose name was not released, was in critical condition.

Investigators say she was stabbed multiple times and left for dead but managed to crawl several hundred yards to a nearby home, where Michael Philpot lives.

"I heard a pounding on the door ... and I looked out and didn't see anybody," he said.

Philpot said he thought someone was breaking in, so his wife called 911.

"Then I heard a girl crying, 'Please help me! Please help me!' and I opened the door and she was laying on my front porch, flat and a whole pool of blood. Her whole body was covered in blood," Philpot said. "She said, 'Please give me a blanket. I'm cold. I don't want to die. I don't want to die.'"

While wrapping her in blankets, Philpot asked who stabbed her and she gave him a man's name, he said.

Michael Philpot Roanoke Rapids stabbing victim crawls for help

Moran was later arrested in Greensville County, Virginia, across the state line from Halifax County.

"I just can’t believe she crawled as far as she did. It’s amazing, the will to live," Philpot said.


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  • rodneyyates Jan 5, 2012

    One would think that WRAL would be carefull to get stories like this correct. This incident did not occur at a home, the suspect nor the victim were residents of Edgewater Subdivision, nor were they guests of any resident of the subdivision. They drove into the nieghborhood, found an almost unpopulated area in the subdivision which was an unpopulated cul-de-sac and that is where the crime occurred. I have watch WRAL all week and they continue to be incorrect. I continue to lift the victim up in prayer that she will have full recovery but I don't know how the victim is doing because of the lack of follow-up concerning the victim from WRAL. That I find unusual because for the past couple of years I have come to realize that the "R" in WRAL stands for re-run or repeat because of how some stories never go away.

  • Bartmeister Jan 3, 2012

    I don't get it. If the guy stabbed her and left her for dead, why did he leave her alive? Either sensational reporting or he just didn't get the job done. Doesn't look like the brightest bulb in the string. Hope she has a speedy and full recovery and the goon a long sentence in prison.

  • topfan4unc Jan 3, 2012

    Yes, a person's will to live can result in miracles happening. Hoping she lives to sit there in court and identify him and put him behind bars for the rest of his life. You can bet he never meant for her to survive. He is a low life for sure!

  • m121755 Jan 3, 2012

    I hope and pray that she recovers both physically and mentally. That determination may just get her through this tragedy

  • Bill of Rights Jan 3, 2012

    I hope she makes a full recovery and can confront her attacker in court. And I hope he gets everything the justice system can possibly throw at him.

  • rescuefan Jan 2, 2012

    I hope she makes it. She has an amazing will to live!

  • westernwake1 Jan 2, 2012

    Hopefully she recovers quickly.

  • twc Jan 2, 2012

    Sometimes I wonder why NC doesn't have a shoot on sight law.

  • Disabled Vet Jan 2, 2012

    Did they say his name was Moran or was it Mooron? Enquiring minds want to know. On a serious note though, what kind off a man stabs a woman? Hopefully when they catch him (and they WILL catch him) he will get the maximum punishment allowed by law and not just a slap on the wrist!