FORT WAYNE, Ind. (Fort Wayne’s NBC) — Police have a suspect in custody in connection with a weekend stabbing that left a woman dead.
55-year old Robert Littlejohn faces a preliminary charge of murder.
Police say he attacked 21-year old Kennedy Laramore with a knife in the 1600 block of Roosevelt Drive, and that she collapsed right in the middle of the street.
A doctor pronounced her dead after she was hustled to a hospital.
After the crime, Littlejohn left the scene, but he didn’t get far.
“He was stopped a short time later by officers, within a minute of the initial output of information of who the suspect was and possible car,” said Sgt. Sofia Rosales-Scatena, with the Fort Wayne Police Department.
Police talked to a number of witnesses who said Littlejohn came to a gathering that night.
There was consensus that there was a lot of arguing and yelling going on.
A pregnant woman involved in the disputes said, at one point, Littlejohn went to a garage to retrieve a knife, and that he stabbed Laramore when she intervened to protect her.
Police reviewed video from a neighbor’s property showing a tall man believed to be Littlejohn in the middle of a group of women who were arguing.
At one point, the video shows the man chasing Laramore, yelling, “Hold on b—-, hold on here you go” as he strikes her and she falls to the ground.
We talked to Ahtway Freeda, who lives about a block away from where the fatal stabbing went down.
She says there have been several shootings in the area in recent months.
Most of her close family lives nearby, but recent events are causing her to think hard about getting a new address.
“It’s really scary, it’s not safe for us or for the kids here anymore,” Freeda said.
The coroner says Kennedy Laramore died of stab wounds to the chest.
She is Allen County’s 18th homicide victim of 2019.