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E’town man dies from stab wound

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Police describe deceased as an intruder

By The Staff

One man is dead and another is recovering from what police describe as “moderate injuries” after an early morning fight and stabbing at an Elizabethtown mobile home.

According to Elizabethtown Police Department spokesman Virgil Willoughby, one of several occupants of an Elaine Court residence used a pocket knife to deliver a single but fatal stab wound to an intruder shortly after 3 a.m. Nov. 24.

Police found Sixfrido Mendez, a 26-year-old Elizabethtown resident, “lying face down on a sofa in the living room,” Willoughby said.

Hardin County Coroner Dr. Bill Lee later pronounced Mendez dead from a stab wound, according to an EPD news release. Lee confirmed Mendez died from a single stab wound to the chest.

According to Willoughby, detectives have found no tie between the intruder and the man who stabbed him, Elizabethtown resident Robert J. Tarafa, 23.

According to Willoughby, Tarafa was treated and released from Hardin Memorial Hospital for the moderate injuries he sustained during a scuffle with Mendez.

No charges have been filed in the case.