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December 3, 2012

10 P.M. UPDATE: Man stabbed to death in downtown Jeffersonville apartment; police name people of interest

JPD spokesman says it appears a 'violent struggle' took place

JEFFERSONVILLE — Jeffersonville police are searching for two people for questioning in the stabbing death of a man who lived at the 300 block of Spring Street early Monday morning.

Police responded to a “battery in progress,” at an apartment building above The Locker Room screen printing business, said Jeffersonville Police Detective Todd Hollis. When officers arrived at the scene, they discovered 55-year-old Robert Eader had died after being stabbed several times.

At about 9 p.m. Monday, police released the names of two people wanted for questioning in the murder — James L. Washington, 35, and Dana R. Eisenback, 25. Hollis said both had lived in Jeffersonville and Louisville. Washington is a black male listed at 5 feet 10 inches, 300 pounds; Eisenback is a white female listed at 5 feet 7 inches, 350 pounds. Police say the two are known to drive a 2002 Mercury Sable with a Missouri plate WG8Z9H.

Hollis said police believe the two have been moving from place to place, living in hotels. He said Eisenback has a connection to Poplar Bluff, Mo., and authorities there have been notified of the incident.

Clark County Coroner Huck Coots confirmed the man who lived in the apartment was stabbed to death, but said he was still unable to release the victims name, as his out-of-state family had not been notified. Several area media outlets, including newsgathering partner WLKY-TV, have reported the victim’s name as Eader. He was employed at S&S Brothers Jewelry and Repair on 10th Street.

The call to police was made at about 4:30 a.m. when Helen Croft said her son, who lives next door to the victim, heard his neighbor call to him for help. She said her son quickly dialed 911.

While there was visible damage to the apartment window, Hollis said the damage occurred earlier in the week when the victim locked himself out of the apartment and was not a result of the struggle that went on inside the residence. Police could also not confirm whether or not there was forced entry into the apartment, as damage to the door is also believed to have been preexisting.

But with the evidence in the apartment, police knew it was a violent assault.

“There were clear signs of a struggle inside,” Hollis said.

Police said no suspects have been arrested and an investigation is ongoing.

Croft told WLKY that her son saw a man and a woman run from the scene, get into a vehicle parked below the apartments then take off. She said both people had been to the apartments before and knew the victim.

Detectives said they haven’t had any problems there in recent years.

“Bob never bothered nobody. He was quiet, we got along great. He always says, ‘Anything I can get you, anything you need.’ I mean, I liked the guy greatly,” neighbor Todd Monks told WLKY.

This is the city’s second homicide in less than a three weeks.

Anyone with information in the case is encouraged to call the JPD tip line at 812-218-TIPS (8477).

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