Man 'ran out of shared house bleeding from the head' before he was arrested over murder of woman, 19, in Croydon | The Sun

A MAN "ran out of a shared house bleeding from his head" before he was arrested on suspicion of murdering a woman, neighbours say.

A 19-year-old woman was found with stab wounds at a property in Croydon, South London, at 4.10pm on Sunday.

The victim, believed to have only arrived in the country from India "relatively recently", was pronounced dead at the the two-storey terraced house a short time later.

A 23-year-old man was arrested at the scene in Tree Way on suspicion of murder and taken to hospital to be treated for a minor head injury.

A horrified neighbour today recalled seeing a man bleeding profusely before sprinting back inside the property on Sunday.

Lindsey Edge, whose property overlooks the crime scene, said: "A man came out, he had a head wound and was covered in blood, and then shot back in.

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"Then we saw loads of police vans and then a helicopter, but we didn't realise the woman was already dead.

"He came out, then he rushed back in, he was clothed. Then when the police came they had him up against a Transit van where the door is, he had his shirt taken off that stage.

"We thought they'd wait a bit longer to remove the body. I put my son to bed at 9pm and we told him to shut the shutters because the police were bringing the body out.

"He knows what's happened, but we didn't want him to see that."

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Police have said the man and woman knew each other and "nobody else is sought in connection with the murder investigation".

They are now seeking any information from witnesses that may help the case.

A Metropolitan Police spokesman added: "A 19-year-old woman was found suffering stab injuries and she was pronounced dead at the scene.

"A post-mortem examination will be arranged in due course.

"The woman is believed to be an Indian national who is thought to have arrived in the United Kingdom relatively recently."

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