Man stabbed to death in Boardman



Boardman police said a domestic dispute led to the death of Brian Tubbs, 28.

Tubbs was stabbed twice Tuesday afternoon at the Moyer Avenue home he shared with Tequila Haskins.

Lt. Stephen Riwniak said Haskins, 28, came home and found Tubbs with another woman. That’s when Haskins grabbed a large kitchen knife and stabbed Tubbs, he said.

“It was domestic violence that went further,” Riwniak said.

According to The Vindicator’s broadcast partner 21 WFMJ-TV, Tubbs was stabbed in the neck. He was taken to St. Elizabeth Health Center, where he died.

No information was available about the woman Tubbs supposedly was with when Haskins arrived.

Riwniak said the victim’s family is aware of what happened, and that Haskins could face a murder charge.

“I would imagine it would be murder, but I don’t know because I’m not at that end of the investigation,” Riwniak said.

Mahoning County court records show Tubbs was charged with misdemeanor drug abuse in 2006 in county court in Austintown.

Last December, he was arrested for domestic violence and pleaded guilty to a reduced charge of disorderly conduct. He was fined $100 and given a 30-day jail sentence with all 30 days suspended.

Vindicator files show he was arrested Dec. 2 when a woman said she got in a fight with Tubbs and he threw water and flour on her and threw her to the ground.

He was scheduled to be back in county court in Boardman June 25 for a probation violation hearing, but court records do not show what the violation is. He was arraigned on the charge May 13, court records show.

Detectives Ben Switka, Glenn Patton and Greg Stepuk also are working on the stabbing case. Haskins was interviewed by police Tuesday evening.

Gina Ditullio, who lives down the street, was watching Haskins and Tubbs’ children when firefighters and paramedics arrived on the scene.

“I came out. I saw an EMT bringing Tubbs out,” Ditullio said. “They had him on a stretcher. They were doing CPR.”

That’s when she asked a police officer for a family member’s phone number so she could take the children to them.

Al Underwood lives next door to Haskins and Tubbs. He wasn’t home when the stabbing occurred, but he was outside Tuesday evening after he heard Tubbs had been killed. He said he knew their children.

“It’s a sad thing. The two kids they had — they were nice little kids,” Underwood said. “I just feel bad for kids when ... a mother goes to jail and a father’s dead.”

Mahoning County records show the Moyer Avenue property is owned by Victorino Jr. and Julie A. Serrano of Girard. They did not return several phone calls Tuesday.

This was the first homicide in Boardman since October 2012 when a resident shot and killed Michael A. Spera, who was breaking into his home. It later was discovered that Spera had an accomplice, Brandon Hosa, who was charged with murder, resisting arrest, obstructing official business and complicity to aggravated burglary.

The homeowner told police he was defending himself against Spera, who he said came at him with a knife.

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