Suspect Hits Man With Cinder Block, Then Stabs A Good Samaritan To Death In Edge District


Skylar Dale, writer

MEMPHIS, Tenn. A man is behind bars after allegedly stabbing a man to death inside a vacant building after attacking another person on the street.

On Dec.12, Memphis Police responded to an assault in the 500 block of Monroe Avenue.

“This area is really coming up, and I was really surprised this happened so close to somewhere I am every day,” said Sean Luke, Memphis.

A man said he was driving with his wife when they decided to stop at a brewery.

According to an affidavit, while they were walking down Monroe, a man approached and hit the man in the face with a cinder block before running away.

“It’s sad because I feel like it is always the person trying to good who is the one to get in trouble. But we still need some of that in the world,” said Luke.

Another man followed the victim to a nearby construction site. He then got into another witness’s truck to continue looking for the suspect, according to the affidavit.

They saw the suspect near a vacant building and one man, Phillip Godwin, 61, got out and followed him inside.

The other witness flagged down police.

When the suspect, was seen leaving the building, officers approached and he was taken into custody.

He was identified as Antwon Freeman, 32, records show.

Freeman’s hands were covered in blood and he told police he had a knife.

Officers found a long kitchen knife.

The wife of the man who went inside the vacant building asked where her husband was, so police returned to Orleans Street to check vacant buildings.

According to the affidavit, Godwin was found unresponsive with multiple stab wounds.

Paramedics pronounced him dead at the scene.

During the investigation, Freeman told police he was walking down Monroe when an unknown person threw a rock at him and hit him in the knee. He said the person yelled racial slurs, records show.

He said he never saw the person, but they drove a white truck.

He saw a man and woman walking down the street and said he thought the man was from the white truck, according to the affidavit.

He admitted to hitting the man in the head with a brick and then running toward a construction site.

Freeman said he heard footsteps coming while he was attempting to hide, so he stabbed the person before blacking out.Freeman is charged with first-degree murder and aggravated assault, according to arrest records.

According to Fox 13 News.