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Man dead after possible stabbing at hotel near I-17 and Thomas Road

The suspect fled the scene before officers arrived
I-17 & Thomas Road shooting 12-20-23
Posted at 7:10 AM, Dec 20, 2023
and last updated 2023-12-21 23:42:22-05

PHOENIX — Phoenix police are investigating a deadly stabbing at a hotel near Interstate 17 and Thomas Road.

Police say the incident occurred just before 6 a.m. Wednesday. Responding officers found a man at a restaurant with an apparent gunshot wound, and he died from his injuries at a hospital.

Detectives later said they believe the victim, 62-year-old Kenneth Stanford, may have been stabbed and not shot. The Medical Examiner is working to confirm the cause of death.

Witnesses told officers the man walked up to the restaurant and said he was shot. After searching the area, police discovered that the crime occurred in a nearby hotel room.

Police say the incident started as a robbery. It is unknown what led to Stanford being stabbed.

Police later arrested 33-year-old James Parks and 35-year-old Naketra Alexander. Both were booked on charges of murder and armed robbery.

This case remains under investigation.