Nacogdoches Police arrest 1, looking for another in fatal stabbing

Nathan Welsh mug shot courtesy of Nacogdoches County Jail.
Nathan Welsh mug shot courtesy of Nacogdoches County Jail.

BEAUMONT, TX (News Release) - By Donna McCollum - email

NACOGDOCHES, TX (KTRE) - Nacogdoches Police have arrested one man and are looking for another in the stabbing death of a Nacogdoches man.

Milton Brown, 19, who is homeless, was arrested Tuesday afternoon on a warrant for murder. Police are also looking for Nathan Welsh, 22, on a warrant for murder.

Police say Thomas Grimes, 49, who lived in the Austin Place Apartments, located in the 3200 block of North Street, was found in the parking lot covered with blood. He died shortly later at a Nacogdoches hospital.

Welsh is described as a black male, 5'6" tall and 142 pounds. Police consider him armed and dangerous.

Anyone who knows the whereabouts of Welsh should call the Nacogdoches Police at 559-2607 or Nacogdoches Crime Stoppers at 560-INFO or go to Crime Stoppers will pay a reward of up to $1,000 for information that leads to the capture of Welsh. Police warn not to attempt to apprehend him yourself.

Late Tuesday, students at Stephen F. Austin State University were alerted that Welsh was spotted on the Nacogdoches campus early in the afternoon. Students were notified of the sighting and homicide through university e-mail and by a message posted on the SFA website.

Residents are uneasy about the overnight violence, especially the ones who knew Grimes.

"I was shocked to find this morning that he was the man that got killed because from what I can understand from the rest of the tenants, he didn't bother anybody up here," one woman said.

The unidentified resident won't rest easy until the person who killed Grimes is caught.

"It's scary," she said. "A lot of residents are talking about moving."

Grimes was trying to save up enough money to move away from this government-subsidized apartment complex. He had a troubled life and he was trying to make it straight again.

Mary Phelan gives Grimes credit for encouraging her to buy her own business. She expressed her grief on Facebook.

"He knew things," Phelan said. "I loved him dearly and luckily I told him so. Thomas was a giver not a taker. He would always do for someone else."

Now friends are trying to do for Grimes. They want answers why their friend's rebuilt life came to such a violent end.

"Thomas G. was a God-link," Phelan said. "What he had to say always seemed to turn into something special."

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