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Mt. Pleasant stabbing suspect now wanted for murder after victim dies

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Thursday, August 14, 2014 | Charleston, SC | News, Weather, Sports

MOUNT PLEASANT, SC (WCSC) - Mount Pleasant investigators say a man wanted for a stabbing at the Belk in Towne Center Wednesday afternoon is now wanted for murder after the victim died of their injuries.

Police officials have announced murder warrants for 33-year-old Dennis Elvin Cervantes-Pavon who authorities are continuing to search for.

Investigators describe Pavon as a 33-year-old Hispanic male with black hair and brown eyes, between 5'5" and 5'8" tall, 180 pounds and was last seen wearing a red/white horizontal striped shirt, blue jeans and tan boots. Officials with the Mount Pleasant Police Department is asking anyone who sees Pavon to call 911.

Authorities say the stabbing happened inside the Belk department store on 1218 Belk Drive.

According to police, the suspect and victim were construction workers who were working on renovations in the store when an altercation between the two led to the stabbing. A police report states that Pavon used a sharp edged object to stab the victim, and Pavon was seen fleeing the scene around 5:51 p.m.

Chief Carl Ritchie said following the stabbing a foot chase ensued.

According to police, officers are searching nearby roads including Labor Camp and Venning roads for the suspect who investigators say may still be armed with a knife.

"This is not an incident where they did not know each other. Where the victim and the suspect were not acquainted...they were, they did know each other," said Inspector Chip Googe."This is an isolated incident that is not normal for Mt. Pleasant."

Several police officers were spotted going into Belk to investigate the incident Wednesday afternoon.

Googe said that police have also set up a perimeter in areas where they think the suspect may be, and canines and a helicopter are assisting in the search.

The victim was taken to East Cooper Hospital where they later succumbed to their injuries. Authorities have not identified the victim.
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