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South Milwaukee Police: Woman stabbed to death at apartment building

Posted: 11:53 AM, Jan 11, 2019
Updated: 2019-01-11 23:36:14Z

SOUTH MILWAUKEE — Police in South Milwaukee are investigating after a 62-year-old woman was fatally stabbed multiple times Friday morning.

It happened around 9:30 a.m. in the 500 block of Clark Avenue.

According to police, officers found the victim inside an apartment building with multiple stab wounds. Despite lifesaving efforts, the woman died at the scene.

The suspect, a 31-year-old man, was taken into custody near the building.

TODAY'S TMJ4 has learned the two are somehow acquaintances, but their relationship is not clear. Police are investigating their relationship — as well as the circumstances that led to this incident.

“Police got out of their cars with guns and went to the back of the building,” said Sonya Mitchell, who lives next door and runs a small daycare service out of her home. “It was really scary. I just made sure to keep kids locked in my home and away from the windows. I got a lot of calls from concerned parents, thinking it was happening in my apartment building. I had to tell them the kids were safe and it was happening next door.”

Mitchell could recognize the 62-year-old victim, who paramedics brought out on a stretcher. Flight for Life was called for her, but she died at the scene.

“I’ve seen her many times outside,” Mitchell said. “She has a daughter and grandchildren, too. I’ve seen them come visit her.”

But Mitchell did not recognize the 31-year-old suspect.

“I haven’t seen him around here before,” she said. “He came out without a shirt on. When police were arresting him, they had a rag covered in blood that they put into an evidence bag.”

His motive is still unclear. Police have not revealed the names of the suspect or victim yet. South Milwaukee’s police chief said he believes they were acquaintances.

“There is no danger to the community,” Chief William Jessup said. “It was an isolated incident, and the one and only suspect is in custody. This is really very unusual to have something like this in South Milwaukee. It’s a tragedy.”

Stay with TODAY'S TMJ4 for further updates on this developing story.