Roanoke Rapids stabbing victim crawls for help; man arrested
Posted January 2, 2012
Roanoke Rapids, N.C. — 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.
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.