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Man Charged In Stabbing Death Near Scott Township Homeless Encampment

SCOTT TOWNSHIP, Pa. (KDKA) - A man was arrested after the body of a 70-year-old man was found along the railroad tracks near a homeless encampment in Scott Township.

Just before 6 p.m. Thursday, police were called after a man was found unresponsive along the railroad tracks near Creek Street.

When first responders arrived at the scene, they found the victim, later identified as Joseph Williams of Carnegie dead with multiple stab wounds. A relative said he was walking along the railroad tracks when he was attacked.

Vendell Nasir
(Photo: Allegheny County Jail)

Allegheny County police were called to assist Scott Township police and homicide detectives began an investigation. They determined 28-year-old Vendell Nasir III of Carnegie was the suspect in the stabbing. When police arrived, they found Nasir with blood on his hands and clothes, with a knife just yards away.

Nassir was taken into custody and charged with criminal homicide and tampering with evidence.

He is currently housed at the Allegheny County Jail awaiting arraignment.

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