GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) - The father of two of Latrice Maze's young children says he had a violent run-in with the man suspected of killing the young mother.
Court records show that Jahleel Hoskins, 25, was believed to have stabbed Kenneth Harris, 30, four times on Feb. 18 -- one month before Maze disappeared and was allegedly murdered by Hoskins.
The stabbing occurred outside of the Elks Lodge at 1546 Linden SE. Harris and Hoskins had begun fighting inside of the establishment and continued outside when the stabbing occurred, Harris said.
Harris says he was stabbed in his arm, on the side of his chest and twice in the back.
"I believe he was trying to kill me," said Harris.
But Hoskins was never charged for the stabbing incident because Harris could not identify him in a lineup. Harris said it was dark outside when the stabbing occurred and records show that alcohol was a factor.
Harris says Maze was there when the fight broke out and "jumped on" Hoskins to try and stop the fight inside the bar. Maze did not witness the stabbing.
At the time, Harris said, he didn't know who Hoskins was but later learned from Maze's family that he was the person who'd stabbed him.
Investigators obtained murder warrants against Hoskins this week accusing him of killing Maze and tampering with evidence in connection to her disappearance and presumed death. Investigators declined to comment on what evidence they used to obtain the murder warrant. There have been no reports that her body was located.
Harris says he feels a sense of guilt that Hoskins may have killed Maze.
"If I could've just picked the right face out in line-up," Harris said. "I wish I would've got a better look at him for me to put him away before any of this would have happened."
The children Maze has with Harris are 2 and 3 years old -- too young to understand their mother's disappearance.
"I don't even know how to explain it to the kids. It's tough," Harris said. "I hope he rots in hell for what he did -- in prison for the rest of his life."
While he and Maze didn't speak often, Harris says the two were cordial when dealing with their children.
"She loved her kids. She was basically like one of the kids," he said.
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