Police Hunt For Homeless Man In Stabbing

POTTSTOWN PA – A police hunt began Wednesday (Aug. 2, 2017) for a homeless man “known to frequent the Pottstown area,” and for whom an arrest warrant has been issued related to a weekend stabbing and alleged murder that occurred in the 300 block of East High Street in the borough.

Wanted by the Pottstown Police Department is Steven Holmes (photo inset at top), who “has no fixed address,” according to a release from Montgomery County District Attorney Kevin R. Steele. Once brought into custody, Holmes is expected to be charged with first- and third-degree murder, and possessing instruments of crime in the Sunday (July 30) death of Diamonde Stone, 35, a local musician.

Stone, also known locally as “Klutch,” was a guitar player and singer who reportedly grew up in the Bensalem PA area and attended schools there.

Police and the DA said Monday (July 31) they were jointly investigating what at the time was described as an “apparent homicide” that occurred the previous night, following a fight reported at about 10:32 p.m. Officers responding to the call found the male victim, Stone, suffering from apparent stab wounds. He was rushed to Pottstown Memorial Medical Center, but was pronounced dead there.

Stone was “stabbed on the south side of High Street, and ran crossing the road toward an open store where he collapsed” on the opposite sidewalk, The Mercury newspaper reported Wednesday. “Police later placed evidence markers to show the path he took before collapsing on the sidewalk,” Mercury reporter Marian Dennis wrote.

A Sunday autopsy conducted by Dr. Marianne Hamel of the county Coroner’s Office, concluded Stone died from a stab wound to the chest, with injuries to the heart.

The arrest warrant for Holmes was signed by Magisterial District Justice Edward C. Kropp Sr. Anyone with information concerning Holmes’ whereabouts is asked to contact the Pottstown Police Department at 610-970-6570, or the county Detective Bureau at 610-278-3368.

A vigil for Stone was held near the stabbing scene Tuesday night (Aug. 1), Dennis reported separately. Those in attendance lit candles and openly remembered the man as “very charismatic, outgoing and friendly,” she wrote. A GoFundMe page has been opened online to help cover expenses for the cost of the funeral and burial.

Photos from the Montgomery County District Attorney, and Google Images

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