UPDATE: Homicide suspect arrested outside Kirksville

Homicide suspect David Saulmon, 32, was arrested Tuesday at Troy Mills convenience store. reported Thursday that David Saulmon was picked up about noon on Thursday by Clay County authorities to be returned to Kansas City. Saulmon was being held in the Adair County Jail.Kansas City police investigators gave credit to a Good Samaritan's tip for helping lead to Saulmon's arrest. Detectives are trying to determine why he was in northern Missouri.-----------------------------------------------------------Updated Story:

The murder suspect arrested outside Kirksville by Adair County Sheriff's Deputies Tuesday is now formally charged.

David Saulmon, 32, of Kansas City was charged Wednesday with first-degree murder and armed criminal action in connection with a deadly Tuesday morning stabbing in Kansas City, Missouri.

Clay County Prosecutor Jim Roberts told KTVO that Saulmon is accused of fatally stabbing Brent Humphreys, 19, during a fight at a Kansas City home where the two had been living.

Officials say Saulmon and Humphreys were acquaintances.

Court records indicate that the victim had been living with the people at that residence for several months.

Saulmon had been staying at the home for the past couple of weeks.

The suspect fled in a witness TM truck, and he ran out of gas in northwest Macon County Tuesday morning.

A Good Samaritan helped him.

That citizen called police with the license plate number after noticing a screwdriver in the pickup's ignition.

The Good Samaritan directed Saulmon to the nearest gas station, which was at the Troy Mills convenience store.

That's where Adair County deputies were waiting to arrest him when he pulled up to get gas.

Court documents state that deputies saw blood on Salumon TMs clothing and shoes, and they found two knives in the suspect's pocket.


On 2-22-11 at approximately 0528 hours Officers of the Kansas City Mo. Police Department were dispatched to 4307 NE 46th Terr., Kansas City, Clay County, Missouri.

Upon arrival officers contacted witnesses who directed them to the victim, Brent D. Humphreys, inside of the residence. Officers observed the victim to be suffering from

multiple stab wounds and was deceased. The victim's death was ruled a homicide by the Jackson County Medical Examiner's Office.

The witnesses stated that the victim has been living with them at the residence for several months. Within the past couple of weeks they had allowed the suspect, David L.

Saulmon, to also stay at the residence. On 02-22-11 they went to bed at approximately 0400 hours and at that time both the victim and suspect were together in the lower level of the house. On 2/22/11 at approximately 0510 hours they were asleep in their bedroom when the suspect turned on the bedroom light waking them. The suspect appeared to have blood on his person and said to them that they did not need to worry about the victim anymore and that their family was safe because he had taken care of it. The witnesses jumped up and ran down stairs where they observed the victim to by lying on the floor covered in blood. The suspect then told the witness he would need to take his vehicle and the witness would need to help him start it. The suspect then left the scene in the witness's vehicle.

On 2-22-11 at approximately 1130 hours the suspect was arrested in Kirksville, Mo. At that time he was observed to be in the witness's vehicle. Kirksville Officers advised that upon contacting the suspect he was observed to have blood on his clothing and shoes. A search of his person during booking found the suspect to have two knives in his pocket.


Original Story:

The Adair County Sheriff TMs Office arrested a man who was wanted for questioning in relation to a Kansas City, Mo. homicide investigation.

At approximately 11:10 a.m. Tuesday, the Adair County Sheriff TMs Office was contacted by the St. Charles Police Department.

The Police Department advised that they had been contacted by a citizen who reported that he had helped a man who had run out of gas on State Highway CC and State Highway 156 in Macon County.

Adair County Sheriff Bob Hardwick told KTVO Tuesday night that the man who assisted the suspect knows someone who works at the St. Charles Police Department. That's why he notified that department in the St. Louis area.

At the time the Good Samaritan was helping the suspect, he had noticed that the ignition switch on the pick-up truck had been damaged and that there was a screw driver stuck in the ignition.

Hardwick said the caller told the suspect the nearest gas station was located at Troy Mills.

The caller wrote down the truck TMs license number as the suspect drove away. He then reported it to the St. Charles Police Department.

That Department then ran the license plate number and discovered the vehicle was wanted in connection with a homicide investigation in Kansas City, Mo.

Adair County Sheriff TMs Office personnel immediately responded to the area of State Highway 11 and State Highway H to look for the pick-up truck.

At approximately 11:35 a.m. Tuesday, deputies saw the suspected vehicle pull into the gas pumps at the Troy Mills convenience store.

Deputies Tracy Salsberry, Rick Schmidt and Operations Chief Bill King approached the vehicle and removed a white male, later identified as David Saulmon, 32, from the vehicle.

Saulmon was taken into custody on the authority of the Kansas City Police Department and transported to the Adair County Jail. The truck Saulmon was driving was impounded so detectives could go over it looking for evidence that could help in their investigation.

Detectives of the Kansas City Police Department went to the Adair County Sheriff TMs Office Tuesday afternoon where they served a homicide warrant on Saulmon.

Saulmon is being held in the Adair County Jail on a homicide warrant. Hardwick told KTVO that detectives from the Kansas City Police Department are expected to pick up Saulmon Wednesday and take him back to Kansas City.

View the story from KMBC Television in Kansas City