Mississippi man 'stabs his parents after they fail to order him fast food'

Ronald Pritchett's father was killed and his mother injured in the stabbing attack

Andrew Buncombe
New York
Friday 27 November 2015 14:21 GMT
Ronald Pritchett faces charges of murder and theft
Ronald Pritchett faces charges of murder and theft

A man from Mississippi faces murder charges after police said he stabbed his parents after they failed to include him in an order for fast-food.

Police said Ronald Pritchett, 32, of Purvis, Mississippi, stabbed his parents at their home in Louisiana. His father died, while his mother suffered injuries.

Col John Fortunato, a spokesman for the police in Jefferson Parish, said Percival Pritchett, 58, and his wife, Renitta Pritchett, 57, were stabbed on Wednesday at their home.

Mr Fortunato said Mr Pritchett became enraged after his parents placed an order for food but did not apparently did not order any for him. “They ordered food from a fast food restaurant and didn't include him,” he told the Associated Press.

Mr Fortunato said other relatives told investigators that Mr Pritchett became enraged about the food, grabbed a knife and went upstairs to confront his parents.

They had locked their bedroom door against him, but he allegedly kicked it open and began stabbing them, Mr Fortunato said.

The couple’s eldest son, Percival Pritchett, Jr, said the incident was a “shocking situation”. “Nobody expects this type of thing to happen to their family,” he said.

“When somebody takes your daddy's life, completely short, from the way it's supposed to be, then you're not prepared for that. “He's not prepared for that because that's not how it was supposed to end.”

Police said Ronald Pritchett stole his parents SUV and drove it to his home near Hattiesburg, Mississippi, after the stabbing. That was where he was arrested early on Thursday morning.

The suspect is expected to be returned to Louisiana on Monday. It is not clear if he has a lawyer or has entered a plea.

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