Man, 61, charged in deadly stabbing at SW Atlanta apartment complex

The man was found dead at Santafe Villa on Metropolitan Parkway.
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The man was found dead at Santafe Villa on Metropolitan Parkway.

Credit: Channel 2 Action News

A 61-year-old man was charged with murder after allegedly stabbing a man at a southwest Atlanta apartment complex early Tuesday, police said.

Officers were sent to the Santa Fe Villas in the 2300 block of Metropolitan Parkway after receiving a report of a person down just before 1 a.m., Atlanta police said in a statement. When they arrived, they found the victim with a stab wound to the chest.

The man, who was identified by the Fulton County Medical Examiner’s Office as 40-year-old Charles Forbus of Atlanta, was pronounced dead at the scene.

Police said the fatal incident might have been the result of an argument with a neighbor. The neighbor was detained for questioning and later arrested, police said Tuesday afternoon.

Gary Lee Hawes was charged with murder and possession of a knife during the commission of a felony, according to police. He was taken to the Fulton County jail.