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Sailor with Alabama ties charged in stabbing of fellow sailor

Wilbur Harwell (Source: Navy) Wilbur Harwell (Source: Navy)

A Navy sailor with ties to the Montgomery and Opelika areas is now being charged in connection to the June 6 stabbing of a fellow sailor at the Naval Support Activity Hampton Roads Portsmouth Annex in Norfolk, Virginia.

Wilbur Harwell is charged with attempted murder and two counts of aggravated assault with a dangerous weapon after allegedly attacking Petty Officer 2nd Class Justin D. Powell.

Powell was released from the Naval Medical Center in Portsmouth, Va. last month.

Harwell has been in pre-trial confinement since being turned over to the Navy by Federal agents on June 12.

The Navy says Harwell fled after stabbing Powell in a barracks room. After the assault, agents say Powell exited the barracks and made his way to the Navy Exchange area for help.

NCIS agents said they believe another service member may have assisted Harwell in leaving the installation before the gates were closed, driving him to Virginia Beach where he was apprehended at an oceanfront hotel later in the afternoon by Navy, local and federal officials.

Agents say there was enough time for Harwell to leave the base before the incident was reported. Emergency services received the report of the stabbing at 8:33. Two minutes later, at 8:35 a.m., the gates to the installation were closed and personnel ordered to shelter in place for more than eight hours while Navy, local, state and federal law enforcement agencies conducted a room-by-room search on the installation for the suspect.

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