FORREST CITY, Ark. – A manhunt for a suspected killer led officers to an Arkansas chimney on Friday.
Thirty-six-year-old Elliot Stewart has been charged with first-degree murder after what WHBQ called a “love-fueled stabbing” left Jimmy Rogers, 28, dead.
Officers with the Forrest City Police Department responding to a report of a stabbing stated that they saw a man, later identified as Stewart, running from an Albert Street home and discovered Rogers inside that home with multiple stab wounds, KAIT reported.
Rogers, identified by police as a boyfriend of the woman who owned the house, died on the scene. Stewart was identified as her husband, WHBQ reported.
Meanwhile, officers began scouring the neighborhood for Stewart and received a call that an individual unknown to a homeowner on a neighboring street was stuck in a chimney. the police department stated via social media.
“The homeowner stated that he did not know the individual in his chimney and allowed officers inside the residence to investigate,” the department posted on Facebook.
Stewart’s identity was confirmed, but he had to be extricated from the structure by members of the Forrest City Fire Department. He was then transported to an area hospital where he was treated for injuries before his arrest, KAIT reported.
In addition to the murder charge, Stewart is charged with two counts of first-degree endangering the welfare of a minor, criminal trespassing and second-degree criminal mischief, WHBQ reported.