Police identify man killed in West Manchester Twp. stabbing; suspect held in Va.

Harper Ho
York Dispatch
Brian K. Peters Jr.

Police have charged a suspect and released the name of a man who was stabbed to death Tuesday morning in West Manchester Township.

Robert Runkle, 65, was found dead from apparent stab wounds inside a residence in the first block of North Gotwalt Street, according to a Wednesday news release from West Manchester Township Police. 

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Investigators charged Brian K. Peters Jr., 33, with criminal homicide in the deadly stabbing. He is awaiting extradition at the Pamunkey Regional Jail in Hanover, Virginia.

Peters is also wanted in a different homicide in Brevard County, Florida, according to the release.

West Manchester Township Police are investigating a homicide in the first block of North Gotwalt Street. March 30, 2021.

Police responded about 7:25 a.m. Tuesday and found Runkle's body inside the house.

"Peters is believed to have stayed at the residence with Runkle for some amount of time before this homicide occurred," the release states. "After the homicide, Peters stole Runkle’s vehicle and left the scene."

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Troopers and Virginia State Police found Peters traveling south on Interstate 95 in Hanover County, Virginia, and arrested him without incident, according to the release. 

Peters allegedly said before he left that he was "headed outside the local area to commit additional crimes of violence," police said.  

Township police Chief John C. Snyder was not available for comments.

Anyone with information is asked to call  Sgt. Sean J. Conway at 717-792-9514. 

— Reach Harper Ho at hho@yorkdispatch.com or via Twitter at @howdyhoharper.