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North Union Township woman found stabbed in home

| Wednesday, Jan. 30, 2013, 12:02 a.m.

A North Union Township woman was stabbed several times Monday in her home and has died from her injuries.

State police at Uniontown responded to a 911 call approximately 3:50 p.m. regarding an incident at 326 Easter St. The caller said a black man arrived at the home of Lisa Faye Tupta, kicked in the main door, but was unsure if the woman was home, according to police.

When officers arrived at the scene, they knocked on the door and a male voice from inside responded.

Troopers identified themselves and an individual ran for the back door, investigating officer Trooper Thomas B. Broadwater reported. Officers stationed at the back door observed a black man open a door holding a knife. The man then closed the door and ran back into the residence.

Troopers entered the home and found Tupta, 49, unresponsive on the couch, police reported. Troopers indicated Tupta was bleeding from the neck and abdomen from apparent stab wounds.

A search of the residence found Henry Clay Crawford, 56, hiding in a closet in the rear bedroom. Emergency personnel were summoned to treat Tupta. She was rushed to the Uniontown Hospital emergency room.

Crawford was taken into custody and transported to Uniontown Hospital emergency room for his injuries, police reported.

Criminal investigation units were summoned to the scene to collect evidence.

Broadwater interviewed Dr. Michael Reilly at the Uniontown Hospital at 8:30 p.m. during which time Reilly advised the officer that Tupta died at 7:27 p.m. due to the stab wounds.

The Fayette County coroner was notified. An autopsy is pending.

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