Muskogee man slain in stabbing attack

Zamudio

A Muskogee man was a victim of homicide, and another man has been arrested on a murder complaint, according to a police report.

Keith Boswell, 54, was stabbed Tuesday night at approximately 8:38 p.m. and was pronounced dead at 9:15 p.m. at Saint Francis Hospital Muskogee, the report states.

Johnathan Zamudio, 32, was arrested on a murder complaint approximately two hours later, said Muskogee Police Interim Public Information Officer Jeramie Garcia. 

Muskogee man slain in stabbing attack

Boswell

According to a release from Garcia, when officers arrived at Lakeland Shopping Center in the 300 block of East Side Boulevard, they found Boswell on the ground, bleeding and unresponsive. Police determined he had been stabbed in the chest.

The release states police viewed security camera footage and were able to glean a suspect description from the footage. Witnesses were able to point officers in the direction Zamudio was last seen running. 

Witness Melissa Gonzalez said she nearly hit Zamudio with her car as he fled. 

"He ran out into the road in front of me, and I had to stop," Gonzalez said. "Then, he just kept running."

Police blocked off several blocks and brought in a K-9 who tracked Zamudio, who was located and apprehended without incident, the report states.

Wednesday would have been Boswell's 55th birthday, said his brother Michael Boswell.

"He died three hours before his birthday," Michael said. "He didn't make it."

Michael Boswell remembered his brother as a "family man" with two sons who enjoyed being outdoors.

"We'd go fishing, hunting a lot," Michael said. "We played ball together growing up. He was a good guy. He wasn't the mean type."

While Michael said he did not know Zamudio, the accused killer, the man had spent some time around the Boswells' home on North L Street prior to the attack. Michael also said that Zamudio had retrieved a wooden-handled knife from the house's yard beforehand.

"He and a girl came by here a couple of days ago, and he threw that knife out of the house," Michael said. "I ended up sticking that knife in a tree. It wasn't there after that."

Zamudio remains in custody at the Muskogee County/City Detention Facility on complaint of first-degree murder. 

The attack marks the second homicide in Muskogee in 2019, Garcia said. 

Allen Syfrett, 54, is charged with the Jan. 19 slaying of Jimmy Ray Thompson, 48, of Muskogee. Thompson died at Saint Francis Hospital Muskogee after he was stabbed during a fight with Syfrett in the hallway of Terence Park Apartments on North Sixth Street. Syfrett remains held without bond in the Muskogee County/City Detention Facility. His case is set for a disposition docket at 9 a.m. Dec. 11. At that time, a date will be set for trial, or Syfrett could make arrangements to enter a formal plea and avoid trial. 

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