Affidavit: Woman stabbed until knife broke

Shawn Pike is arraigned in connection to the homicide of Nicole Gates. (July 24, 2014)


BATTLE CREEK, Mich. (WOOD) — A man accused of murdering a Battle Creek gas station employee told investigators that he stabbed her until his knife broke, according to court documents.

Police say Shawn Pike stabbed Nicole Gates multiple times as he robbed the Citgo gas station where she worked nearly closing time on July 23.

Nicole Gates. (Undated courtesy photo)
(Undated courtesy photo of Nicole Gates.)

According to a probable cause affidavit, an officer testified that Pike told police he met Gates on Facebook and had only known her about a month before he killed her, court records show.

Pike allegedly told police that he knew he had warrants out for his arrest and that he planned  to rob the Citgo before leaving town with stolen cash. He also said he went into the gas station with a knife, according to police.

He said when he made his way to the cash drawer, Gates tried to call police. He told police he stabbed her in the arm and she dropped the phone.

Then, according to the affidavit, Pike said he lost control and stabbed Gates until the knife broke.

Pike allegedly stole beer and cigarettes from the gas station convenience store. He then allegedly used Gates’s keys to lock the store and left in her car.

The court documents also detail a phone call he made to a friend saying that he had “messed up” and that he was covered in blood.

That person called police. They starting looking for a murder victim, but it took them hours to search about a dozen Citgos before they found Gates’s body.

Pike also allegedly told people he met up with after the murder that he had killed Gates and “made sure she was dead.”

Police were able to track Pike through his cellphone, arresting him the morning after the crime.

If convicted of murder, Pike will face life in prison without parole.

He is due back in court in August.

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