PHOENIX - Authorities say a 27-year-old man is in custody after stabbing his 12-year-old half-brother to death in north Phoenix Wednesday night.
Police say the homicide occurred around 6:30 p.m. in a residential area near 35th Avenue and Deer Valley Road.
Authorities told ABC15, the suspect called 911 from a nearby convenience store to report the crime.
Kristina Krasovich was on a break from her job at the Circle K when she says the suspect came up to her asking to use her cellphone.
She says he was one of her regular customers who often came into the store with his little brother and had just been to the store by himself fifteen minutes earlier.
Krasovich says this time she noticed his arm was covered in blood, as well as his shirt and it looked like he had wiped his hands on his pants.
“He was real shaky and scared. I could see in his eyes something bad had happened,” Krasovich said.
Krasovich was talking on her phone so she says the man went inside the store. When she went back in to work, she saw him huddled against an ATM talking on another phone in a hushed voice.
“He had calmed down, but he still had this look of horror on his face,” Krasovich said.
She asked if the man was okay and says he gave her a thumbs up.
A few minutes later she says he started to walk toward the door and two police officers were there waiting with guns drawn ordering him to the ground.
Phoenix police say the 27-year-old was arrested at the convenience store and the knife was still in his possession.
When paramedics arrived at the juvenile's home, they tried to save the boy, but his injuries were too severe.
Authorities said the boy's mother and sisters were at dinner when the incident occurred and arrived home to find police on scene.
Deer Valley Unified School District officials confirmed to ABC15, the boy was a 6th grade student at Paseo Hills School.
School officials said the school is working to have a team of counselors ready to speak to staff and students. Officials said the principal will be sending out a phone notification Thursday and posting a letter to the school's website.
The motive for the stabbing is unknown at this time.
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