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Neighbor Shares Details on Man Questioned in Murder Case

Neighbors are sharing disturbing interactions they have had with one of the men police are questioning in a homicide investigation.
Officers are patroling the crime scene in shifts
Officers are patroling the crime scene in shifts
Police have questioned David Browning, who is in jail on unrelated charges
Police have questioned David Browning, who is in jail on unrelated charges
Perales is one of two men named as persons of interest
Perales is one of two men named as persons of interest
Police have a portion of South College blocked off
Police have a portion of South College blocked off
I didn't want to turn my back on him. It made me feel uneasy -- Halle Painter, neighbor of the victim
FAYETTEVILLE, AR -- Neighbors are sharing disturbing interactions they had with one of the men police are questioning in a homicide investigation.

"I talked to her one time and she never really came out of the house but she was just a nice old lady."

Fayetteville Police are still investigating the murder of an elderly woman, after responding to a home on South College for a reported stabbing.

"She could have been scared, and I just didn't know... He was very aggressive toward her," said Halle Painter, a neighbor of the victim.

Painter said the neighborhood knows David Browning as trouble, calling police on him regularly. She was even warned about Browning from her neighbors when she moved in, and said nearly everyone on her street has a no trespassing order against him.

"He was nice sometimes and other times he'd just flip on you and start cussing you out... They all were kind of eerie of him, it's just he put off that vibe."

Browning recently introduced her to Fabian Perales. Painter said Browning told her they met in jail and were both staying at the woman's house, but it is what happened Tuesday night that left her rattled.

"He looked at me and he put his arms out like he was flying and went around the property... He just turned and flicked me off and he just like, if looks could kill type thing... I mean the look of crazy. I mean, it gave me chills... He walked across the street and walked right down there and went down the left side of that lady's house... I didn't want to turn my back on him. It made me feel uneasy."

The next day, Painter saw that woman's home surrounded by police tape and investigators have named Browning and Perales as persons of interest.

"He's tied into it somehow. I just can feel it and everybody else, that's what they think and if it's not, I'd be surprised," said Painter.

She said her music was on later Tuesday night, so she did not hear any kind of a struggle from across the street. Painter also mentioned Browning had an affinity for knives, actually bringing knives to her home, giving them as gifts of sorts and telling her to use them to protect herself.

Browning in currently in custody on unrelated charges, but police are still looking for Perales. If you have any information, contact the Fayetteville Police Department at 479-587-3555.



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