Metro police arrested convicted felon Marcus Kirkland Tuesday night less than an hour after he allegedly stabbed and robbed a 44-year-old acquaintance.
The victim told detectives a man he knew as “Kool-Aid” stabbed him in the 2400 block of Burch Street, took his wallet and fled in a blue Ford pickup truck.
Less than an hour later, undercover officers stopped the suspect vehicle on South 5th Street and Shelby Avenue after Kirkland sold cocaine to a police operative.
During the stop, officers learned Kirkland, who is homeless, was a person of interest in the earlier incident.
During an interview, Kirkland admitted to smoking drugs with the victim prior to the stabbing.
Officers recovered cocaine, drug paraphernalia and a large knife from his truck.
Kirkland, 46, is charged with attempted criminal homicide, aggravated robbery and felony cocaine possession in a drug-free school zone.
He is being held in the Metro jail in lieu of $237,000 bond.