Witnesses quiet in Elks stabbing

By Danza Johnson/NEMS Daily Journal

TUPELO – Authorities say lack of cooperation by witnesses is making it difficult to locate a man suspected of stabbing another man Sunday.
Dennis Roberson, 35, of Pontotoc was stabbed several times in the back and head after an altercation at the Elks Lodge on Tolbert Street, off Front Street, shortly after 1 a.m. Sunday.
“A whole crowd of people witnessed it, but no one has spoken up yet,” said Tupelo Police Detective Capt. Bart Aguirre. “We really hope someone comes forward because this person needs to be in jail and not on the streets.”
As of Wednesday, Roberson was in a coma at the North Mississippi Medical Center.
The incident started inside the lodge and spilled into the parking lot when security forced two men having an altercation to leave the building, said Aguirre. There the altercation continued and Roberson was stabbed.
Because of the New Year’s holiday, Maj. Anthony Hill said police pay special attention to night-time activity. But because of the stabbing, extra patrols will be focused on the Elks, which will be having a New Year’s Eve party tonight.
“When you have a large crowd of people and alcohol is involved, you need to take more security measures,” said Hill.
The Elks has a liquor license and can serve it until midnight.
Eddie Black, house committee chairman for the Elks, could not be reached for comment.
Police are still investigating the stabbing. If you have any information, call the Tupelo Police Department at (662) 841-6405. No description of the suspect is available at this time.