Police: Arizona man 'just felt like killing' boy

AP News
Posted: Mar 13, 2014 3:13 PM

PHOENIX (AP) — A 27-year-old Arizona man accused of fatally stabbing his 12-year-old half brother reportedly told police he "just felt like killing."

Andrew Ward called 911 from a convenience store near the north Phoenix home where Austin Tapia suffered multiple stab wounds late Wednesday, police Sgt. Steve Martos said.

Ward told the dispatcher he had stabbed someone, and officers found Ward with blood on his hands and clothing and a knife in a pants pocket, Martos said.

Martos said detectives asked Ward why he killed the boy, and Ward said, "Honestly, I just felt like killing."

Other family members had gone to dinner so Ward and the boy were the only ones home. The mother and two teenage sisters returned home to find police at what had become a crime scene.

Ward was booked on suspicion of first-degree murder and child abuse, Martos said.

Martos said he did not know if Ward had an attorney, and a Maricopa County Sheriff's Office spokesman said Ward was still being processed into the jail and was not available Thursday to be asked about a request for a jailhouse interview.

A clerk at the convenience store, Kristina Krasovich, said the man identified by police as Ward had blood on his shirt and an arm and that it looked like he had wiped his hands on his pants when he arrived at the store.

"He was real shaky and scared. I could see in his eyes something bad had happened," Krasovich told KNXV-TV (http://bit.ly/1ewfssn).

She said she saw him talking on the phone.

"He had calmed down, but he still had this look of horror on his face," Krasovich said.

She asked if the man was OK and says he gave her a thumbs-up

A few minutes later, she said, the man started to walk toward the door where police officers waiting with guns drawn ordered him to the ground.