BY KEN LITTLE
A man is in custody today and charged with murder in connection with a fatal stabbing Wednesday morning in an apartment at 600 Crestview Drive, between East Andrew Johnson Highway and South Rufe Taylor Road.
Charged on Wednesday night was Huerman Hernandez Sanchez, 21, of Apartment 6 in the Crestview complex.
The victim is identified by Greeneville police as Francisco Lopez, 20, of the same address.
The homicide is the first in Greeneville in 2011.
The men had only lived in the apartment several days, said Capt. Terry Webb, of the Greeneville Police Department Criminal Investigation Division.
Lopez and Sanchez got into an argument before Lopez was stabbed multiple times in the torso area, Webb said.
There were four people in the apartment. It appears the men had been drinking before the stabbing, Webb said.
Greene County-Greeneville Emergency Medical Services provided treatment on the scene, and Lopez was taken to Laughlin Memorial Hospital, where he was pronounced dead.
"They had been up all night. From the statements we got, they were drinking and got in an argument," Webb said. "Right now, we're trying to figure out what the argument was over."
The men, apparently Mexican nationals, worked together at the Asian Express restaurant on East Andrew Johnson Highway.
"So far, we have not found any U.S.-issued identification," Webb said.
An interpreter had to be used to interview witnesses, a situation which has slowed the pace of the investigation, Webb said. Sanchez initially gave police another name, he said.
The argument may have stemmed from one of the men's wanting to go to sleep in the one-bedroom apartment, and the other wanting to stay up, Webb said.
Police said in a news release they received a call at 5:49 a.m. Wednesday that a Hispanic male had been assaulted and needed medical attention.
"Upon arrival, the officers found an unidentified Hispanic male with multiple stab wounds," the release said.
Investigators spoke with at least four witnesses at the scene.
Greeneville police are continuing to investigate the stabbing with the assistance of the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation.
Bond for Sanchez was set at $200,000 with a scheduled court appearance on Monday.