(Source: Scottsdale Police Department) Ian MacDonald, 26, of Tempe was arrested on charges of second-degree murder in the stabbing death of Tyrice Thompson outside the Martini Ranch bar in Old Town Scottsdale.
(Source: Scottsdale Police Department) Samantha King, MacDonald's girlfriend, was arrested on suspicion of assault and hindering prosecution.
SCOTTSDALE, AZ (CBS5) -
The sole suspect in the stabbing death of a Scottsdale club bouncer was arrested Wednesday and booked into jail on suspicion of second-degree murder.
Ian MacDonald, 26, of Tempe, was arrested at 6:45 p.m. at the Scottsdale Police Department, according to a report on the department's website.
MacDonald's girlfriend, Samantha King, was arrested on suspicion of assault and hindering prosecution.
The pair were arrested in connection with the stabbing of Tyrice Thompson outside the Martini Ranch bar in Old Town Scottsdale on Jan. 27.
Thompson, a former Arizona State University football player, was taken off life support and died about a week after he suffered multiple stab wounds while working security at the bar.
Investigators said interviews with club employees and witnesses and a video surveillance tape confirmed that MacDonald and King had been escorted from the club. They were left alone when security personnel, including Thompson, went to check out another disturbance in the parking lot, according to the report.
Another bouncer said he later saw Thompson and MacDonald fighting on the ground and that King was pulling the hair of Thompson.
The bouncer said he had to remove King from Thompson's back, placed her on the ground and saw Thompson stagger away before collapsing on a sidewalk. Club personnel said no one else was seen around the fight between Thompson, MacDonald and King.
Detectives interviewed King on Jan. 29 and she told them her boyfriend was the only person fighting with Thompson. She also admitted to jumping on Thompson, pulling his hear and hitting on the side of the face, according to the report.
She denied knowing whether MacDonald stabbed Thompson and that she was not hurt, despite MacDonald's claim on a 911 call that she had been stabbed.
MacDonald was interviewed Jan. 30, and admitted to being kicked out of the bar by the club's bouncers, according to the report. He said he was held down to the ground by Thompson, but that no punches were thrown. He denied stabbing Thompson, according to the report.
Detectives said people who were with MacDonald the night of the stabbing told police he admitted to the stabbing and that he asked for their help in disposing of the knife.
The knife is believed to have been thrown into a Dumpster in Mesa sometime after the stabbing, but has not been found, according to the report.
MacDonald was held in custody and transported to county jail for arraignment while King was booked and released, according to the report.
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