Authorities: Stabbing Victim Identified, Suspect Charged with Murder

NORTHWOOD, IA –  Authorities release the name of the stabbing victim in Northwood.

They say 30 year-old Justina Smith, of Northwood died of multiple sharp force injuries.

The Division of Criminal Investigation rules Smith’s death as homicide.

The Iowa Attorney General’s Office tells KIMT News 3 that Tyrone Washington, Jr. is charged with 1st degree murder by the Division of Criminal Investigation.

Tyrone Washington

The Worth County Sheriff’s Office believes 39-year-old Tyrone Washington Jr. stabbed Smith  in Swensrud Park Monday.   Authorities say Smith was taken to Mercy Medical Center North Iowa where she later died.

The Iowa State Patrol arrested Washington Jr.  after a high speed chase near I-80 and I-280. The pursuit led authorities through corn and bean fields along the interstate. At the end, law enforcement used an intentional vehicle contact to stop the suspect. Both vehicles were damaged and Washington Jr. was taken into custody.

Scott remains in the Scott County Jail on $500,000 bond.

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