Burglar dies after stabbing
By DEUCE NIVEN
A former resident breaking into house on Todd Town Road in the Mollie Copmmunity early Friday died after being stabbed in a confrontation with the home owner, Capt. David Nobles of the Columbus County Sheriff’s Office said.
Christopher Lee Nobles, 34, of the 1000 block of Hickory Hill Road, Chadbourn, was lying on the shoulder of the roadway about 100 yards away from the home of James Berry Huggins III in the 400 block of Todd Town Road when a Tabor City Emergency Services ambulance arrived about 2:30 a.m., Capt. Nobles said.
Christopher Nobles and David Nobles are not related, the Captain said.
CPR was initiated before the ambulance arrived at McLeod Loris hospital, where Christopher Nobles was pronounced dead, Columbus County Assistant Coroner William Hannah said.
Huggins, 32, received minor stab wounds during the confrontation, David Nobles said. Huggins declined medical attention.
Huggins told detectives that Christopher Nobles attacked him with a small knife in the kitchen of the home, and that he defended himself with a larger knife he was able to reach in that room.
Christopher Nobles had lived in the Huggins home until about four weeks ago, Capt. Nobbles said.
An autopsy will be conducted, but the apparent cause of Christopher Nobles’ death was a stab wound to the chest, Capt. Nobles said.
Christopher Nobles has a criminal record dating back to 1997 with convictions for assault inflicting serious injury, assault and battery, assault on a female, assault on an EMT or other medical personnel, assault by pointing a gun, wanton injury to persons or property, felony breaking and entering, and larceny.
For any developments on this story see the Aug. 27 Tabor-Loris Tribune in print and online.