Neighbors react to stabbing

Scene of stabbing in Northwood, IA

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NORTHWOOD, Iowa – “There were just all kinds of lights flashing all over the place, sirens, and the helicopter flew over the house,” said Gary Bachtle.

Gary Bachtle has lived in this neighborhood near 4th Street North in Northwood for more than four years.

But last night’s scene is not one he expected.

“And I just looked out the window and that’s where they stopped and there were lights flashing over the tops of roofs down on that other block. I don’t know if they were stopping traffic there or what,” said Bachtle.

According to the Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation, a Worth County Deputy was notified by a neighbor that there was a possible domestic assault in progress.

“Responded to the residence where they heard a female yelling and screaming for help. Deputy went there and discovered a male subject was severely beating a female victim,” said Special Agent Mike Krapfl.

Special Agent Krapfl, with the DCI says when other deputies arrived at the scene to help handcuff the man on scene, the male subject became unresponsive.

He was not able to be revived, and was pronounced dead at the scene.

Special Agent Krapfl says the female victim was flown to Rochester, where she is being treated for stab wounds and blunt force injuries.

He tells us it was critical that the neighbor called the dispute in.

“I think people just need to be vigilant when they see or observe possible criminal activity.  Just make that call and let law enforcement investigate it,” said Special Agent Krapfl.

But for those living in this quiet block, it’s also a reminder that anything can happen, anywhere, anytime.

“It’s a nice neighborhood, but things happen you don’t know when or where or why, they just happen,” said Bachtle.

According to the DCI an autopsy of the man is being done at the Iowa State Medical Examiner’s Office to figure out his cause of death.

Special Agent Krapfl says he doesn’t know when the results will come in.

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