UPDATE : Northwood Victim Identified, Murder Charge Filed

Posted at: 08/05/2013 10:38 PM
Updated at: 08/06/2013 6:10 PM

Tyrone Washington
Tyrone Washington
Photo: Suspect in a north Iowa stabbing

UPDATE (4:38pm) - The identity of the victim has been identified as Justina Marie Smith, 30 of Northwood. An autopsy revealed that Smith died as a result of multiple sharp force injuries.

Update (4:32pm) - The Iowa Attorney General's office says the Department of Criminal Investiation has charged Tyrone Washington Jr. with first degree murder.  He is currently being held in the Scott County Jail on $500,000 cash only bond.

Update (10:45am) - On August 5, 2013 at 11:41 AM, the Worth County Sheriff’s Office received a 911 call from a female requesting help at Swensrud Park in Northwood, Iowa.

The female caller was transported to Mercy Hospital North Iowa by the Mason City Fire Department but later died from her injuries. Based on information learned during the investigation, law enforcement issued an attempt to locate bulletin on the suspect and the missing Pontiac Grand Prix.

An autopsy on the victim is scheduled for today, August 6, 2013 at the State Medical Examiner's Office. The victim's identity will be released upon completion of the autopsy and notification of family.

We'll have more on this tonight at 5:00 and 6:00.  The article below was from last night's news at ten when we had all the exclusive news on the investigation.


(ABC 6 NEWS) -- We've learned the possible identity of the man police say is responsible for a stabbing in North Iowa.

Following a possibly fatal stabbing in Northern Iowa on Monday morning, police made an arrest more than 200 miles away.

Police were called to Swensrud Park in Northwood, Iowa late Monday morning after the victim was found stabbed in a secluded corner of the park.

Authorities blocked off the area and quickly went to work searching for the suspect.

Some two hundred miles away near Davenport, Iowa, a man wanted in a Worth County stabbing was found in a cornfield.

Investigators in Southeast Iowa arrested 39-year-old Tyrone Washington on Monday afternoon, and while local authorities won't confirm he is the same man wanted in the Northwood case, Scott County officials said he is being held as a suspect out of Worth County.

"We got notified of a warrant on a suspect in a homicide in Northwestern Iowa," Iowa State Patrol Sgt. Jose Valera confirmed shortly after Washington’s arrest.

Police say 39-year-old Washington stole the victim's car and led police on a high speed chase that reached speeds of nearly 100 miles per hour.

“Once we slowed traffic down it's hard to maintain those speeds,” Sgt. Valera said. “He had to slow way down and eventually had to take the only alternate path that he had, which was going into the corn field."

Again, local authorities are not confirming Washington is the same suspect wanted from Monday's incident.

But this is the second stabbing in Northwood in the last two months, and residents say they've had enough of the violence.

“I think we're angry,” said Rose Feredericks, who’s lived in Northwood for nearly 40 years. “This has always been a place where you could walk down the street and do whatever you want and it hasn't been that way for about half a year now."

Residents said they've seen an increase in police patrols in recent months, and they said the extra patrols, and more importantly, a close-knit community, will help them through the tough times.

“It’s sad because this is our community,” Feredericks said. “I'm not going to be afraid. I'm going to still do what I love to do, and I do the gardening for the city, and I'm not going to live in fear."

Police have not released any information about the victim or their condition, but ABC 6 will continue to follow this case and bring you any more information as it becomes available.