Victim in Naval Medical Center Portsmouth stabbing in good condition

Justin Powell (Photo courtesy Rodney Elston)

PORTSMOUTH, Va. (WAVY) – The victim in Friday’s stabbing at Naval Medical Center Portsmouth is now in good condition, according to a spokesman for the Navy.

Petty Officer 2nd Class Justin D. Powell’s condition was upgraded to “good” from “critical” Saturday morning.

According to investigators, Petty Officer 3rd Class Wilbur Garrett Harwell, 26, stabbed Powell near Naval Medical Center Portsmouth’s Navy Exchange around 8:30 a.m. Friday.

Documents: Affidavit and Criminal Complaint

Virginia Beach police took Harrell into custody at the Virginia Beach Oceanfront Friday afternoon, after a manhunt.

Saturday, Powell’s father-in-law, Rodney Elston, posted the following update on WAVY TV 10’s Facebook page:

“I just wanted to update you on the status of Justin Powell they woke him up this morning he has a tube down his throat but he’s breathing on his own but when he woke up the first thing he asked for was where’s his wife and daughter at God bless him love him so much.”

Stay with and WAVY News 10 on air for updates as they become available.

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