Stabbing follows clothing taunts outside Whim nightclub in Station Square parking lot

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Pittsburgh police said one man's clothes and comments about tights led to an argument that ended with one man stabbing another and critically wounding him early this morning.

Officers arrested Brion R. Harrison, 20, no address listed, on charges of attempted homicide, aggravated assault and possessing an instrument of crime.

Police said they saw a group chasing each other not far from Whim nightclub about 2:15 a.m. and that they initially thought the group was playing.

Moments later, two men approached officers and one said Mr. Harrison had just stabbed his friend, William Murphy, 20, of Homestead, according to a criminal complaint.

Police wrote in the complaint that they began handcuffing Mr. Harrison, who asked them if they wanted the gold 7-inch folding knife with a 3-inch blade he held in his hand.

Mr. Harrison told police he is a regular at Whim and at the end of the night he told Mr. Murphy and his friends not to forget to wear their pink tights for breast cancer awareness day.

Wearing gray running tights, a skin-tight shirt and a blue stuffed animal Pitt bookbag. Mr. Harrison told police the group began taunting him and calling him derogatory names.

He also told them Mr. Murphy threatened him with a brick, a statement Mr. Murphy's friends told officers was inaccurate.

People who were with Mr. Murphy told police they initially ignored Mr. Harrison because they did not recognize him and that Mr. Harrison then taunted them. Both sides agree that a chase ensued.

Police wrote that Mr. Murphy is expected to survive but was for a period during his surgery at UPMC Mercy listed in grave condition.

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Liz Navratil: lnavratil@post-gazette.com or 412-263-1438. Twitter: @LizNavratil. First Published October 4, 2013 7:30 AM


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