By Danza Johnson/NEMS Daily Journal
TUPELO – Police are still searching for the person who stabbed an Ida Street man Monday, and residents are concerned.
Eddie Willis was found in his apartment on the 1500 block of Ida Street Monday with multiple stab wounds. He still was hospitalized Wednesday and in stable condition.
Emergency personnel received the call shortly after 8 a.m. Monday. Police say they have identified persons of interest in connection with the stabbing but no one has been arrested or charged.
Vicky Sanders lives in an apartment complex near Willis. Sanders, who has lived in the Ida Street area for several years, remembers a time when incidents like Monday’s weren’t uncommon for the once high-crime area. She said she hopes the stabbing was an isolated incident and not a sign of things to come – again.
“The area has been cleaned up a lot compared to 10 years ago,” said Sanders. “But this last incident bothers me. Ida Street has a bad rep and it was deserved at one time. But I can’t remember the last time we had a stabbing or shooting. So I just pray this is not the start of the way things used to be.”
Tupelo Police Chief Tony Carleton said Monday was the second time this year that an aggravated assault has happened on Ida Street. In 2010, there were three cases of aggravated assault. None of the previous four resulted in life-threatening injuries.
Carleton said the stabbing on Ida Street was an isolated incident.
“As police chief, every area of the city is a concern for me,” said Carleton. “I don’t see this stabbing as a part of a bigger problem. We want people to be safe in all areas of the city. We are working hard to find the person responsible for this crime.”
If you have any information about this crime or others, call CrimeStoppers at (800) 773-8477.