MEMPHIS, Tenn. (WMC) - The Memphis Police Department has issued an arrest warrant for the man they say is responsible for a deadly stabbing.
Police say two women had been stabbed early Sunday morning at a residence on Vernon Avenue near Maria Street.
When officers arrived, one woman was pronounced dead and the other was taken to the hospital in critical condition.
“I saw the lights. That’s what woke me up really, the lights,” said Dontrell Porter, neighbor.
Dontrell Porter lives across the street and woke up to dozens of flashing police lights.
“I was like, ‘what’s going on?’ And once I looked out I saw it was blocked off from like right there, right there, even our porch was blocked off all the way down and it was light tape, tape, tape a lot of crime scene tape,” said Porter.
According to police, Ledis Sanchez fled the scene following the stabbing wearing a black cap, a red and blue jersey, jeans and white Nikes.
Family members of the victims say 18-year-old Sierra Howard was killed in the attack. Her mother barely survived. Family described the weapon allegedly used by Ledis Sanchez in the attack as a machete.
Police confirmed that Sanchez was married to Howard’s mother. Investigators say this incident is domestic-related but it’s unclear to police and family members why Sanchez allegedly attacked his wife and her daughter.
“It’s crazy, yeah that’s messed up. That’s sad. Heartbreaking. Because 18, you still have your whole life ahead. I wish them my deepest condolences,” said Porter.
Porter hopes Police catch Sanchez as soon as possible.
“I got four kids and a wife. Yeah, they need to get him quick. For my peace of mind and their peace of mind. So we’ll just feel safe,” said Porter.
Family members say Howard’s mother tried to shield and protect her daughter from the attack.
They hope she can survive her horrific injuries.
Sanchez is now wanted for first degree murder and criminal attempt first degree murder.
Police say Sanchez also goes by Ledis Sanchez Baquedano and Ledy Sanchez.
If you see Sanchez, call Crime Stoppers at 901-528-CASH.