1 dead, 2 in custody after stabbing at Philadelphia airport

No passengers were involved in the isolated incident.

Mike Dougherty
May 03, 2018 - 12:36 pm
Report of a stabbing at PHL; police are investigating

Mike Dougherty-KYW Newsradio


PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) -- After an argument at Philadelphia International Airport that went too far, one man is dead, and two others are in police custody.

Philadelphia Police say there was an altercation at Gate E6 in the secure area. Employees from World Wide Services, a company Frontier Airlines contracts with to provide ground services, had just finished cleaning some planes. They headed over to the break room. 

Then, said Lt. John Walker, "One of the males in the break room apparently turns a light out, another employee starts arguing with him. They shove, they push, they argue verbally."

Walker said then a third man, a 35-year-old, came to defend his friend. "And he begins to fight with the individual, pulls out a knife and stabs him across the stomach."

The victim, a 28-year-old man, was taken to the hospital in critical condition and pronounced dead just before noon. Walker said the suspect and his friend both ran away, but they didn't make it far before being picked up by police. 

This was an isolated incident. Nobody else was hurt, and no passengers were involved.