A High Point man has been charged with first-degree murder in the early morning stabbing death of a resident of an apartment building for the elderly.

Robert James Taylor, 61, a resident of the Sheraton Towers apartments at 400 N. Main St. in High Point, was found dead on his bed in his apartment shortly after 3 a.m. Saturday, said High Point Police Capt. Mitchell Simpson.Police arrested Johnny Mack Sweatt, 44, of 523 Liberty Road in High Point shortly after finding Taylor's body.

Sweatt is being held without bond in the Guilford County Jail.

Simpson said police were called to the Sheraton Towers by High Point firefighters, who responded to a report of a fire in Taylor's room.

Simpson said someone set fire to the box spring and mattress where Taylor's body was found. He said firefighters quickly extinguished the fire.

Simpson said a motive has not been determined, but High Point police are continuing to investigate.

The Sheraton Towers is a nine-story building with 97 apartments for elderly residents, according to employee Olla Wood.

Wood said security at the Sheraton Towers includes locks on each room opened by card keys. Wood said she believes Taylor let his assailant inside the building.

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