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Woman killed, her mother injured after man stabs them in St. Petersburg, police say

Posted at 12:35 PM, Dec 06, 2019
and last updated 2019-12-07 14:07:14-05

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — St. Pete police are investigating a stabbing that killed one woman and injured another on Friday.

Police said 53-year-old Stanley Jones stabbed his ex-wife, 60-year-old Willie Maynard Jones, and his step daughter, Marquita Maynard, around noon in a "violent ambush" near 22nd Avenue North and 53rd Street. The double stabbing happened outside in broad daylight in the Disston Heights neighborhood.

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Jones' ex-wife, Willie, was taken to the hospital for her injuries. At this time, her condition is unknown.

Willie's daughter, Marquita, died at the scene. She had just celebrated her 34th birthday on Thursday.

According to police, it was a domestic violence stabbing and it is the third that they have investigated in two weeks.

Officers arrested Jones on a bicycle less than 10 blocks away as he tried to peddle away from the crime scene.

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Police said they had an active arrest warrant for Jones for aggravated stalking, but before they could find him, he stabbed his ex-wife and her daughter.

Sandra Bentil, a spokesperson for the St. Petersburg Police Department says Jones was waiting for the women to arrive home when he stabbed them multiple times.

"It looks like he was waiting for them to come home and once they got home he attacked them viciously," Bentil explained.

Larry Harvey lives down the street and said the crime is disturbing.

"Just to think that in my neighborhood a lady lost her life by someone who must be a crazy person," Harvey said.

Melissa Patton says it's upsetting.

"It makes me very angry. This is not okay with me. My kids come out and play here. This was during the day in a quiet neighborhood. This is not okay with me," Patton added.

At this time, 22nd Avenue North remains closed between 52nd St. and 55th St. for the investigation.

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