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Man wanted in Alabama stabbing is arrested in Sikeston

Tuesday, September 14, 2004

Sikeston Department of Public Safety officers John Blakely, left, and Mike Williams, right, arrest Kenneth R. Gipson, 35.
SIKESTON -- Officers with the Sikeston Department of Public Safety arrested a suspect wanted in a weekend stabbing in Alabama on Monday.

Kenneth R. Gipson, 35, of Tuscaloosa, Ala., was charged with first degree assault in Tuscaloosa and bond had not been set at the time of his release from DPS to Alabama law enforcement officers.

Gipson's arrest stems from an incident that occurred outside of the Sigma Nu fraternity on the University of Alabama campus early Saturday morning. According to reports, University of Alabama student Kirk Wilder, 21, was stabbed in the head following an altercation between several university students and two uninvited guests who were asked to leave a fraternity party.

Two black males were being sought, both between the ages of 20 and 30. One man was being called Reginald or Reggie and the other went by the initials K.G.

DPS officers were contacted by the Tuscaloosa County Sheriff's Department around 9:15 a.m. Monday and told that one of the suspects wanted in the stabbing was riding on a bus that was supposed to stop in Sikeston on its way to St. Louis.

Officers went to the bus station and the suspect was taken into custody without incident after the bus arrived around 9:30 a.m. Officers from Tuscaloosa flew to Sikeston and conducted interviews with the suspect while warrants were being sought in Alabama.

Warrants were issued late Monday and arrangements were made with the New Madrid County authorities to waive extradition and Gipson was flown back to Alabama Monday evening.

According to officers from Tuscaloosa, Wilder is in critical condition. Neither Gipson or the other suspect attended the university.