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Phoenix Officers' Kindness Leads to Man Being Charged with Homicide

January 05, 2015  | 

Phoenix police say two officers' decision to pay for a troubled man's restaurant tab led to his being arrested in his roommate's stabbing death.

Sgt. Tommy Thompson told the Associated Press Friday the officers went to a restaurant this week where a man had said he had no money to pay for his meal.

The officers concluded the man had some type of mental health issue, so they paid for his meal and tip and took him to a behavioral health facility rather than take him to jail, Thompson said. At the facility a short time later, the man told staff there he'd done something bad to his roommate, Thompson said.

Police were contacted and went to his apartment, where they found the body of 29-year-old Steven Horkovy, who apparently had been killed Tuesday, Thompson said.


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Ima Leprechaun @ 1/5/2015 4:32 PM

The title to this article is extremely misleading but it is the same title the AP used on their story too. The time frame for the murder is in no way related to the Officer's actions. The suspect had killed his roommate four days before he refused to pay for his dinner on Friday and he did not inform the Officers that his roommate was dead. The title infers the Officer's caused the death of the roommate but the roommate was already dead by the time they had contact with the mentally ill man. From what I have read in the AP story, the Officer's did exactly what they should have done by submitting the man for a mental health evaluation. Arresting the suspect for non-payment of his meal would not have revealed the truth since the suspect didn't tell the police officer's about his dead roommate anyway.

Rainer @ 1/6/2015 3:17 AM

You are right, sometime it´s better to read it twice and sometime the third time between the lines.
The officers have done a good job.

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