LONDON — A London man who had faced domestic violence allegations has been charged with stabbing his girlfriend to death during an argument late Monday.
London police charged Sean D. Messer, 34, with murder early Tuesday.
Messer allegedly stabbed Pamela S. Bobbitt, 25, in the chest, back, face and wrist, according to an arrest citation filed by Detective Sgt. Allen Harris.
Police were told Messer used a kitchen knife in the attack, said London police Chief Stewart Walker. He said police have not confirmed what Messer and Bobbitt argued about.
Police received a call at 10:48 p.m. Monday about a possible fight outside a unit at the Plantation Apartments on South Laurel Road, according to a news release.
When police arrived, witnesses said the two people who had been yelling apparently had left, Walker said.
However, at 11:02 p.m., a caller reported someone screaming outside the apartment building. A threat to kill someone was reported.
Within seconds, another caller reported there had been a stabbing, according to the statement.
Officers saw a man running away, but couldn't catch him. They found Bobbitt inside an apartment with multiple stab wounds.
Walker said officers learned from Bobbitt's family that Messer was having his car serviced at a dealership just south of the apartment complex and that he had a spare key to the vehicle.
Walker said he had police wait in the apartment in case Messer came back and had two officers watch the car.
About 2 a.m., Messer tried to get the car. Maj. Derek House and Sgt. Jessie Williams arrested him, according to the statement.
Bobbitt had been pronounced dead about an hour earlier at Saint Joseph Hospital — London.
There were two children in the apartment when Messer allegedly stabbed Bobbitt, but they were not physically harmed.
Relatives were caring for the children, police said.
Court records indicate Bobbitt and Messer had a rocky relationship.
Bobbitt said in a domestic violence petition in February that she and Messer had argued about him wanting her car keys and that he had hit her in the face and dislocated her thumb.
They'd been in fights before that had left her face so bloody "you could not see what color it was," Bobbitt said.
Her children had witnessed her being hit, she said.
Bobbitt said she feared for her life and the safety of her children, and noted on the petition that she hadn't left before "because I feared him."
She said in the document that she was "finally out," though it appears that ultimately was not the case.
The two had a child in common and were still a couple when he allegedly killed her, Walker said. Police listed them as having the same address.
Messer also has faced domestic violence allegations in other counties, Walker said. Messer was being held Tuesday in the Laurel County Detention Center in lieu of $250,000 bond.