Murder suspect in stabbing investigation arrested

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DECATUR, Ill. (WCIA) — Police in Decatur say a man is behind bars after stabbing and killing someone early Monday morning.

Sgt. Chris Copeland says 54-year-old Paul Outland was taken into custody before 6 p.m. Monday.

Just under 12 hours before his arrest, officers found the body of 34-year-old Anthony A. Jones near Eldorado and Union streets. Investigators say he was stabbed in the neck. He was then taken to a hospital, where he died.

Detectives say Jones and Outland knew each other, and the stabbing was not a random act.

ORIGINAL POST: DECATUR, Ill. (WCIA) — Police in Decatur are on the lookout for a man wanted on murder charges after someone was killed in a stabbing Monday morning.

Officers say they were called out around 6:30 a.m. Monday to check on someone who was hurt near Eldorado and Union streets. Police say they found a 34-year-old man who had been stabbed in the neck. He later died at a hospital.

Investigators say they discovered the victim knew the suspect, adding “this was not a random act.”

A press release says detectives got an arrest warrant for 54-year-old Paul D. Outland, of Decatur, who is charged with first-degree murder.

Decatur Police say they’re still searching for Outland, and he was last seen near North Monroe and West King Street.

“Outland should be considered armed and dangerous,” says the press release.

Anyone with information about this stabbing is encouraged to contact the Decatur Police Detective Bureau at 217-424-2734 or Crimestoppers at 217-423-TIPS. Tips may also be texted to DPD333.

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