UPDATE | Teen accused of stabbing two teenage girls arrested

Published: Nov. 20, 2019 at 6:26 AM EST
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UPDATE 11/20/19 @ 11:30 p.m.

An 18-year-old man was arrested Wednesday night in connection with the stabbing of two teenage girls.

Zendal Tatum is charged with two counts of malicious assault.

Huntington police say two teenage girls were stabbed just before 2:30 a.m. Wednesday in the 700 block of 29th Street.

According to the criminal complaint, both victims were stabbed in the torso and treated at St. Mary's Medical Center.

The complaint says both victims, along with another witness, told police Tatum removed a knife from his hoodie pocket during an argument and told the girls to "buck up."

The complaint says a witness told police it looked like one of the teenage girls was going to hit Tatum, and at that point Tatum stabbed her in the side, and then he stabbed the other girl.

The witness told police both girls were unarmed, the complaint says.

Detectives say Tatum refused to give them a statement about what happened.

After his arraignment at the Cabell County Courthouse late Wednesday night, when asked why he stabbed a teenage girl, Tatum told WSAZ it was "because she ran up on me." When asked if he felt bad about what he allegedly did, Tatum said, "No, they were trying to rob me."

Tatum's bond was set at $100,000 cash only.

The father of the 16-year-old victim tells WSAZ she was moved to CAMC. He says her condition has been improving.

"She's still hooked up to several machines," the father, Timothy Billups, said. "She's talking and seems to be back in good spirits, thank Jesus."

UPDATE 11/20/19 @ 10:30 p.m.

A father of a teenage girl who was stabbed has some words he wants the attackers to hear.

Huntington police say two teenage girls were stabbed just before 2:30 a.m. Wednesday on 29th Street near the corner of 6th Avenue.

Timothy Billups is the father of the 16-year-old girl who was stabbed. He says his daughter suffered a punctured lung but is doing OK at CAMC.

"She's doing better than before," Billups said. "She's still hooked up to several machines. She's talking and seems to be back in good spirits, thank Jesus."

He says he was in disbelief when he heard about his daughter being attacked.

"I was shocked and hurt deeply that something like that could happen on our street, that it happened to my daughter," he said.

Billups says his daughter was on her way home with her friend when they saw someone walking along the street who they knew.

"My daughter did know one of the gentleman," Billups said. "He was staying with her friend, the other person who was stabbed. He'd moved out a few days before. They were driving down the road. That's when they saw the boy they'd seen days before. They stopped to ask him about belongings that came up missing when he left. She says the other two guys showed up out of nowhere. One of them had a knife, and he was stabbing both of them."

The father says it's disgraceful anyone would do this to teenage girls.

"It would be best for you to turn yourself in," Billups said. "A hate crime against girls is unheard of in our community."

Billups says his daughter's friend is still at St. Mary's being treated for her serious injuries.

UPDATE 11/20/19 @ 9:10 a.m.

Investigators have released more information about a stabbing that sent two teens to the hospital.

Huntington Police Chief Hank Dial tells WSAZ Hannah Shuler, 18, along with a 16-year-old, were stabbed early Wednesday morning.The 16-year-old's name is not being released due to age.

Police say the stabbings happened when the teens got into an argument with three other people near the intersection of 29th street and 6th Avenue.

Police say just before 2:30 a.m. Wednesday, the pair showed up at St. Mary's Medical Center with stab wounds. Their injuries are considered serious.

No arrests have been made.

Keep checking the WSAZ app for the latest information.

ORIGINAL STORY 11/20/19 @ 6:26 a.m.

Investigators are on the scene of a double stabbing in Huntington.

Police told WSAZ two women were stabbed around 3:15 Wednesday morning.

It happened on 29th Street between 6th Avenue and 8th Avenue.

Police said both women were taken to the hospital with serious injuries.

The names of the two women aren't being released.

Officers told WSAZ that three men ran from the stabbing scene and are wanted for questioning.

29th Street has been shut down all morning between 6th Avenue and 8th Avenue, but is now back open.

Keep checking the WSAZ App for the latest information.

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