Train death ruled a suicide, linked to stabbing

A man killed by a train in Bentonville on Wednesday has been linked by police to a stabbing that occurred at an Interstate 66 rest stop in Prince William County earlier that day.

The death of Khalif Privott, 22, of Manassas, has been deemed a suicide, according to a news release from state police.

Police responded to the rest stop at 6:22 a.m. Wednesday morning and found a 60-year-old custodian for the rest stop who had been stabbed multiple times. He was transported to Inova Fairfax Hospital with non-life threatening injuries, said state police spokeswoman Corinne Geller.

Geller said police are not commenting on a possible motive and are still investigating to try to determine one. It is unknown if Privott had any connection to the stabbing victim at the rest stop or a connection to either place where the incidents occurred.

“Through the course of investigation evidence collected in Warren County, we were able to determine they (the incidents) were related,” Geller said.

“As to why he selected that particular location, that information may never be known,” she said.

Contact staff writer Nathan Budryk at 540-465-5137 ext. 155, or nbudryk@nvdaily.com