New details have emerged regarding Tuesday’s fatal stabbing of a Hinesville man.
According to an incident report filed by Hinesville Police Department patrolman James Fulwood, who responded around 2:30 p.m. Tuesday to the call of a stabbing in the Treetop Apartments complex on Taylor Road, fellow patrolman Cpl. Anthony Martin rendered first aid as Fulwood secured the area.
Martin asked the victim, Johnny Williams Jr., if he knew who stabbed him. Williams, 59, reportedly nodded his head and told the officer, “Christian did this.” Williams’ wife, Carrie Williams, who lived with her husband in the complex and witnessed the incident, told the officer the suspect was Christian Thomas. Martin asked Williams, “Did Christian Thomas do this?” Williams reportedly nodded his head yes.
HPD Detective Doug Snider said Thomas supposedly had been dating Williams’ step-granddaughter.
Emergency medical personnel arrived, took over for Martin and transported Williams to Liberty Regional Medical Center in Hinesville. He later died en route to Memorial Health University Medical Center in Savannah.
Meanwhile, officers interviewed witnesses. Samuel McFadden told authorities he had been inside the complex’s leasing office when he saw Williams walk past the mailboxes. Soon after, Thomas began walking behind Williams at a fast pace. McFadden said he thought he saw Thomas punch Williams, so he stepped out of the office and began to yell at Thomas to stop hitting Williams. McFadden realized Thomas was stabbing Williams, so he returned to the office and told office manager Ashley Seabrian to call 911.
McFadden told Fulwood that Thomas continued to stab Williams as he lay on the ground.
Seabrian said she called 911, locked the office door and watched as Thomas, who was down on one knee, repeatedly stabbed Williams. According to the incident report, Seabrian said Thomas finished stabbing Williams and tried to enter the leasing office, but the door was locked. Thomas ran off in an unknown direction.
Officers scoured the city in pursuit of Thomas. Around 7:30 p.m., Patrol Officer Kevin Zieran spotted Thomas walking near the police department and called for backup. Lt. Terranova Smith arrived and found Thomas on Carter Street near a building that formerly housed a radio station. The authorities ordered Thomas to surrender, and he obeyed without incident. Thomas was arrested and charged with first-degree murder.
Thomas appeared before Liberty County Magistrate Judge Jimmie R. Bomar on Thursday morning and was denied bond.