Man stabbed ex-girlfriend to death at Kings Mountain store, police say

Anyone with information on his whereabouts is asked to call Kings Mountain Police at (704) 734-0444 or Cleveland County Crime Stoppers at (704) 481-TIPS.
The woman, identified by authorities as 34-year-old Ashley Erin Scoggins, was taken to Kings Mountain Hospital, where she later died from her injuries.
Published: Jan. 18, 2023 at 8:28 AM EST
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KINGS MOUNTAIN, N.C. (WBTV) – Police are looking for the man they say stabbed his ex-girlfriend to death at a Kings Mountain convenience store Tuesday night.

According to Kings Mountain Police, officers were called to the Silver Express on East King Street for a stabbing at 7:43 p.m.

The woman, identified by authorities as 34-year-old Ashley Erin Scoggins, was taken to Kings Mountain Hospital, where she later died from her injuries.

The family shared that Scoggins was the mother of an 11-year-old boy and a 3-year-old girl.

Scoggins’ sister tell WBTV she was brave, tough and someone you wanted in your corner if you back was against the wall.

The family is working on funeral arraignments have started a GoFundMe to help.

Investigators said they identified the victim’s ex-boyfriend, 37-year-old Timothy Prescott Parson, as the assailant.

He allegedly stabbed the woman inside the store before leaving the parking lot in a dark gray Nissan Sentra with N.C. plate JFT-4361, according to the Kings Mountain Police Department.

Police located the vehicle abandoned at a business in Kings Mountain. Parson was not located. The vehicle was seized and is in possession of KMPD.

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“The world is getting crazy, it was senseless,” said an employee of the Silver Express who didn’t want to be identified.

Employees of the Silver Express said Scoggins and her friend walked into the store and the suspect walked in shortly after them.

They say there was an argument between the victim and the suspect, and moments later, the stabbing happened.

“The cashier told them, don’t be starting no trouble in here, so if you do, take it outside and he said, ain’t going to be no trouble, and she said yeah it’s going to be trouble,”

Employees tell WBTV this all happened in the back corner of the store, all happening less than 5 minutes from when the victim and suspect entered the store.

“I heard a little smack and I thought he had just hit her, and she came running down the aisle saying ‘oh god, oh god,’ and she ran outside, and he went outside, casually walked out,” the employee added, “my prayer go out to them, that’s all I can say. I didn’t know the people but it hurt my heart.”

Homicide warrants have been secured on Parson and police are actively searching for the Gastonia man.

Parson is described as standing 6-foot-1 and weighing 190 pounds. He has a short-cut beard and was wearing a red bandana on his head, along with a gray hoodie and tan-colored pants.

Anyone with information on his whereabouts is asked to call Kings Mountain Police at (704) 734-0444 or Cleveland County Crime Stoppers at (704) 481-TIPS.

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