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KPD identifies attempted murder suspect

September 10th, 2013 12:30 pm by Rain Smith

KPD identifies attempted murder suspect

Michael D. Ford II, 38

KINGSPORT — Police have  named a suspect in an attempted murder from earlier this month, when a Kingsport man allegedly stabbed a woman multiple times in the neck and arm.

He was reportedly angry that the victim, 64, gave him a small amount of cash when he asked for "gas money."

Michael D. Ford II, 38, is wanted by Kingsport police on charges of attempted first-degree murder, especially aggravated kidnapping and especially aggravated robbery. A press release says his last known residence is 304 Kincaid St., the home of his mother.

On Sept. 1, Ford reportedly visited the home of an acquaintance, Carolyn Morris, at 1338 Holyoke St. Police report he asked Morris for cash, saying he needed it for gas, and she let him inside.

A KPD press release says Morris "became enraged by the small amount" that Morris gave him and demanded that she hand over all of her money. When Morris attempted to leave her residence, Ford closed the door to prevent her escape, according to police, and produced a knife.

Morris was stabbed multiple times in the incident and transported to Holston Valley Medical Center. KPD Public Information Officer Tom Patton says she underwent emergency surgery and was later released.

Attempts to locate Ford have been unsuccessful. Anyone with information on his whereabouts is asked to contact KPD detectives at (423) 229-9429 or call Kingsport central dispatch at (423) 246-9111.

Police say Ford, who should be considered armed and dangerous, is believed to drive a red, older model, two-door hatchback. He's described as 6 feet 1 and approximately 175 pounds, with red hair, hazel eyes and a goatee.

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