SOUTHINGTON - One man is in custody in connection to a stabbing that left another man dead and sent one woman to the hospital.
On Sunday, Trumbull County Sheriff's Detective Maj. Tom Stewart said Thomas Starr, 4457 Greenville Road, West Farmington, had been taken into custody in connection with the incident on state Route 305. No charges had been filed as of late Sunday.
A man identifying himself as Starr, 29, called the Trumbull County 911 Dispatch Center at 10:14 p.m. Saturday and told the operator that he tried to kill his stepfather, Jeff, and his mother, Lisa.
Starr, seemingly disoriented, said he called because he needed someone to talk to, and that he was lost in the woods.
When asked how he tried to kill them, Starr responded: "With a knife."
"Sometimes I carry a knife with me," Starr told the dispatcher. "I don't know where I got the knife. I do not have any weapons with me. I left it at the house."
Investigators found the male victim on the front porch of 4778 Route 305. The female victim was found on the road on Route 305, three-quarters of a mile west of U.S. Route 422. Both had stab wounds.
According to Trumbull County 911, the male died and the woman was flown to MetroHealth Hospital in Cleveland to be treated. No cause of death has been identified, and the victims' last names have not been released.
Authorities were first alerted to the situation shortly after 9 p.m. when a driver on Route 305 called the 911 saying he saw a bloodied child trying to wave him down on the road.
Below are excepts from more than 25 phone conversations a man who identified himself as Thomas Starr had with Trumbull County 911 dispatchers between 10:10 and 11:30 p.m. Saturday.
Trumbull 911: 911. What's your emergency?
Caller: Um. I just attempted to kill my mother and stepfather.
911: OK. Where are you at, sir?
Caller: Um. I'm hanging out in the woods in Southington.
911: OK. Do you know where you're at?
Caller: No, not exactly
911: OK are you off of (state Route) 305?
Caller: Um. I'm not sure. That's where I used to live.
911: OK. What happened?
Caller: Um. I don't know, I mean. ... They're just bad, bad people, I guess.
911: How did you try to kill them?
Caller: With a knife.
911: OK. Do you know where this happened at?
Caller: Um. What do you mean?
911: Do you know where they're at right now?
Caller: No. I'm not sure where they are right now, 'cause I left. See, I'm not there right now.
911: So you said you're in the woods right now?
Caller: Yeah, somewhere.
911: OK. Hold on one second for me, OK? Do you need any medical help right now?
Caller: No. (laughs) No. I think I got something wrong.
911: OK. We'll get you some help. Can you go out to a street and see where you're at?
Caller: No. No. I think I'm pretty deep in the woods at this point.
911: OK. You don't know which way you're facing so I can help you get out?
Caller: No. No I don't
911: OK. Hold on one second. What's your name sir?
Caller: I'll turn my GPS on. You can trace it.
911: OK. What's your name, sir?
Caller: My name's Thomas.
911: What's your last name?
Caller: Starr. S-t-a-r-r.
911: OK. Thomas, you still there?
911: OK. You still have it with you, you said?
911: You still have the knife with you?
Starr: No. No. I don't have any weapons on me.
911: Oh. OK. You said you did have a knife, correct?
Starr: I did. I left it.
911: OK. Where'd you leave it?
Starr: Um. Somewhere in the house. I can hear a siren.
911: Yeah, we got a call that there was someone laying in the street. Could that be somebody that you know?
911: How can I help you Thomas? How can I get some help for you?
Starr: Um, I mean I don't know. I just really wanted someone to talk to.
911: OK. Just hold on one second for me, OK?
Starr: Um. You're not being very curtious with our conversation.
911: I'm trying to help you out. I got to talk to my officers and paramedics headed out that way, OK?
Starr: You don't listen very well. 911 operator, you'd think you'd listen a little better to the people who are calling you.
911: We're trying to help you out. I'm talking to my officers.
Starr: I'm trying to help you. You're not helping me at all, because I'm the one that committed the crime. So I'm actually helping you by telling you where I am.
911: I appreciate ...
Starr: So, let's not get that misconstrued.
911: No, I'm not trying to do that. I'm just trying to figure out where you are so we can get some help ...
Starr: Now you're kissing my a-. I want somebody else. Let me talk to somebody else.
911: OK. Hold on one second.
911: You want to tell me what happened?
Starr: Um. I think I did something bad.
911: You think you did something bad?
Starr: Yeah. I killed a bad person, maybe. I don't know.
911: OK. What do you think that you did?
Starr: I think I stabbed my stepdad in the throat with a knife.
911: You stabbed your stepdad in the throat with a knife, OK. Where is your stepdad right now?
Starr: I don't know because I'm not there.
911: OK. Do you remember where you were when you did it?
Starr: Yeah, I was where he lived.
911: Where did you use to live?
Starr: It was on 305. I don't know the address exactly.
(Starr then describes the house where his stepfather lives)
Starr: I hear sirens.
911: You hear sirens. Are you armed?
Starr: No. No. Absolutely not.
Starr: I haven't been armed all night.
911: Your stepdad? What's his name?
Starr: It's Jeff.
911: Where's your mom at right now?
Starr: I don't know.
911: Anything happen to your mom?
911: You don't remember or you're not sure?
Starr: I'm not sure.
911: What's your mom's name?
911: You don't know where your mom is then?
Starr: No. Is she OK?
911: We don't know. That's why we're trying to get an address and find out where she is.
Starr: I don't know. There's a lot of bugs out here.
911: What can I do for you?
Starr: You can't do anything for me. I called to help you.
911: What do you want me to know then?
Starr: I don't know anything. I'm in the middle of the f--- woods. What do you want to know?
911: What would you like to do? Would you like to come out and talk to somebody?
Starr: I called and told you I tried to kill somebody.
(They discuss the difficulty authorities are having finding Starr)
911: When you left the house where your stepdad is. Do you remember what you did?
911: What did you do?
Starr: I tried to kill him.
911: Did he try to hurt you?
911: Did he try to hurt your mom?
911: Why did the incident happen?
Starr: Because he's a bad man.
(The dispatcher then tries to reassure Starr that police are looking for him to make sure he's OK.)
Source: Trumbull County 911 recordings.
"There is a kid out here covered in blood that was flagging us down," the caller said.
When questioned about the child's age, the caller said he didn't get out of the vehicle because he did not know if this was a "set up."
It was while officers were at the scene that Starr had more than 20 separate phone conversations with dispatchers who were trying to locate him.
Starr repeatedly asked if everyone is OK. The dispatcher told Starr they were still trying to find the house.
"If you're still trying to find the house you're doing a bad job," Starr said.
Eventually, using dogs and search lights, officers found Starr at 11:30 p.m.