(PORTSMOUTH) – On Friday, at a naval base in Virginia, the sailor who was stabbed in an attack is now recovering. He has been recognized as a citizen of Butler County.
According to the Navy, Justin Powell, Petty Officer Second Class, is now in a good condition. The 25 year old Powell’s condition improved on Saturday. However, on Friday night, his condition was quite critical after he underwent a surgery. He received wounds in the chest and in the neck.
US Navy’s Captain Jake Johansson said, “His parents, Justin’s parents, are driving in from Pennsylvania. He’s a native of Sarver, Pa., and he did join the Navy in July of 2007.”
The attack on Powell sparked an hours long imprisonment and manhunt before his suspected attacker was arrested. A person on the naval base said, “It was scary at first, unbelievable, and then was like, wow this is really happening because police were coming by, so it was like it’s happening. This is not a drill.”
Wilbur Harwell, Petty Officer Third Class, was arrested near Virginia Beach. According to the Navy, the incident of stabbing took place in front of the Naval Exchange at Naval Support Activity Hampton Roads, Portsmouth Annex. However, there is not much to tell so far about the cause of stabbing, or what punishment Harwell will face.