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WJAC 6 News - Search Results

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Men delivering newspapers rushed to help stabbing victim

The search continues for the man accused of stabbing and killing his girlfriend at a Johnstown car wash early Tuesday morning.

Police told 6 News Tuesday they believed Demetrius Gibson was still in Johnstown, but after following leads and searching for him all night, they turned up with nothing.

The Somerset County district attorney's office issued a search warrant Tuesday for an apartment in Tire Hill that police say Gibson shared with the victim, Elizbeth Miller. Police said that's where the two got into an argument early Tuesday morning. Miller's brother told them Gibson tried to choke her and pulled a knife on her there.

Police said the two scheduled to meet a couple of hours later at the Dollar Car Wash along Bridge Street in Johnstown to exchange a cellphone. That's where police said Gibson stabbed her.

There were two young men in the area at the time who called 911 before rushing over to help. Michael Rager and Robert Geisel II were delivering papers when they heard cries for help coming from the car wash. They told 6 News they were leery about going over and first thought about walking away but then said they did what they'd want anyone else to do for them: Offer to help.

"I just can't forget what I saw," said Geisel. "I couldn't do that, just drive off and not help."

"The guy came running down to the car and Bobby here jumped out and went running over to see what he could do," said Rager.

After calling 911, the guys discovered the screaming was coming from an old friend whose sister was lying on the ground.

"He's like, 'My little sister was stabbed. Her boyfriend stabbed her.' I'm like, 'You got to be kidding me,'" said Geisel. "We were running up to try to hold her and he took his shirt off and wrapped it around her side. There was just blood covering the bay. The knife the guy used was laying on the other side."

The two said they tried to calm their friend down and waited till an ambulance showed up, but that's when they said Gibson came back.

"I thought it was a cop or a rescue unit," said Geisel. "But (Gibson) gunned it towards me, almost taking out the pole beside me and nailing the mirror into my shoulder."

Police said Gibson then took off and abandoned his Trailblazer at the top of Forest Avenue. Miller was rushsed to the hospital, where she died. 

"After I gave my statement, right before I left, (the victim's brother) called me and told me she didn't make it through surgery," said Geisel. "I just felt beside myself because in my mind I just wish I could've done more."

The search for Gibson continues. Anyone who knows him or thinks they've seen him is asked to call police. Cambria County Crime Stoppers is also offering a reward of up to $2,000 for any information leading to his arrest.

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Edgar Snyder

Washington Times