Latest: Stabbings called worst crime in Broken Arrow history

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Posted: Jul 23, 2015 3:55 PM
Latest: Stabbings called worst crime in Broken Arrow history

BROKEN ARROW, Okla. (AP) — The latest on the stabbing deaths of an Oklahoma family (all times local):

2:30 p.m.

Authorities say the stabbing deaths of five members of a Tulsa-area family by two family members "is the worst single criminal event in Broken Arrow history."

Broken Arrow police Cpl. Leon Calhoun said Thursday that 16- and 18-year-old brothers are suspected of stabbing to death their parents, a sister and two brothers. Police say the children are a girl approximately 5-years-old and boys approximately 7- and 12-years old. A 13-year-old sister was wounded in the attack and is hospitalized while a 2-year-old girl was found in the family home uninjured.

No names have been released.

Calhoun said the suspects are being questioned by investigators.

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12:40 p.m.

An Oklahoma state medical examiner has arrived at a Tulsa-area home where five members of a family were found stabbed to death.

Coroner's vans also arrived early Thursday afternoon at the home in Broken Arrow to remove the bodies that were found about 11:30 p.m. Wednesday.

Two bodies that lay covered in the yard were the first to be removed; they were placed in green body bags and placed in the van.

Police responding to a wordless 911 call found the bodies, in addition to a 13-year-old girl with stab wounds and a 2-year-old girl who was uninjured. The 13-year-old girl is hospitalized in stable but serious condition.

Two male teenagers are in custody. Police say they and the victims are related.

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12:15 p.m.

Police say officers couldn't initially get into a Tulsa-area home after receiving a 911 call, but forced their way in after hearing moans from inside.

The bodies of five people were later found at the home. A 2-year-old girl found inside the home was uninjured.

Broken Arrow police Cpl. Leon Calhoun said Thursday that officers were unable to enter the home when they arrived Wednesday night. But after hearing moans, they forced their way in and found a 13-year-old girl who survived the stabbing attack. They pulled her outside.

Calhoun says the girl is now hospitalized in stable but serious condition.

He says officers re-entered the home and pulled two more victims to the lawn because it wasn't immediately clear whether they were dead or if the attacker was still inside. The bodies of three other victims also were found inside the home.

Two teenagers are in custody. Police say they and the victims are related.

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10.20 a.m.

Authorities say a 13-year-old girl who was wounded in the fatal stabbing of five of her family members at their Tulsa-area home is in stable but serious condition.

Broken Arrow police Cpl. Leon Calhoun said the girl remains in a hospital after surgery Thursday. She was taken there in critical condition following the Wednesday night stabbing.

Calhoun says a 2-year-old girl who was found uninjured in the home is in state custody.

The names of the victims have not been released.

Investigators at the scene can be seen entering and leaving the home.

Police found the victims about 11:30 p.m. Wednesday following an "open 911" call in which someone dialed for help but didn't speak. Two teenagers who police say are also a part of the family are in custody.

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9:25 a.m.

Authorities say it could take some time before they release the names of five family members who were found stabbed to death in their Tulsa-area home.

Broken Arrow police Sgt. Thomas Cooper said Thursday that police are working to notify next of kin, but noted that the five dead and the two teenagers in custody are all members of the same family. A girl who was found in critical condition with stab wounds and another juvenile found uninjured in the home are also members of the family, but the specific nature of the relationships has not been released.

Police found the victims about 11:30 p.m. Wednesday following an "open 911" call in which someone dialed for help but didn't speak. Cooper says police traced the call to the address where the victims were found.

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7:45 a.m.

Authorities say five people were found stabbed to death in a Tulsa-area home following an "open 911" call in which someone dialed 911 but didn't speak.

Sgt. Thomas Cooper says police traced the call about 11:30 p.m. Wednesday to the address where the victims were found. Two male relatives aged 18- and 16-years were arrested soon after.

Cooper said Thursday that the dead includes adults and children and that they are all related, but he didn't explain how. He says a girl also found at the home was in critical condition with stab wounds and that another juvenile found there who was not injured is in state custody.

He says an investigation of the home could take all day and that the Oklahoma Bureau of Investigation is assisting.

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7:05 a.m.

Police in Oklahoma say five members of a family were found stabbed to death in their Tulsa-area home and that two teenage relatives are in custody.

Broken Arrow police Sgt. Thomas Cooper says police were called to a home late Wednesday and found five people dead from stab wounds. A girl survived with wounds, and another child in the home was not harmed.

Cooper said at the scene Thursday that the suspects are boys aged 16 and 18.

He says they fled the home before police arrived but that a tracking dog trailed them. He says the victims and the detained teenagers are related.

Cooper also says Broken Arrow typically only sees one or two homicides every couple of years.

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3:45 a.m.

Police in eastern Oklahoma say five people have been found dead and two teenagers were taken into custody.

In a news release, Broken Arrow police Sgt. Thomas Cooper says officers were called to an address Wednesday night around 11:30 p.m. for an unknown problem.

When they arrived, Cooper says officers found the five deceased victims and a child who was still alive and was brought to the hospital in critical condition. Another child was found unharmed.

The news release says a 16-year-old and an 18-year-old, who are both related to the victims, were taken into custody.

The news release calls the case a homicide investigation. No other details were immediately available.

Broken Arrow is southeast of Tulsa.