Sioux City, IA (ABC9 news) – A man accused in a stabbing death of a Sioux City woman is now being held on a $1 million bond. Isack Mahad Abdinur faces one count of first degree murder. Sioux City police say the Abdinur brutally beat and stabbed 43 year-old Cornelia Stead early Tuesday Morning in a home located along West 16th and Center Street in Sioux City.
Residents in the community were shaken up by the incident.
“This is crazy,” said Lonnie Whitfield, who lives one block away from the crime scene. “This to me is a shock to think anybody would be murdered in my neighborhood,” said Davy Kreider.
According to Police the stabbing stemmed from an argument between the pair. Police say several children were present at the time of the crime, including five young children belonging to the victim’s niece, who range in age from 1 to 10 years old. The motive is not yet clear, however investigators say the pair had some sort of romantic relationship.
“The victim and Abdinur were romantically involved and the stabbing stemmed from an argument between the two of them,” said Sergeant Ryan Bertrand, Sioux City Police Department.
Jamey Whitlock lives in the basement of the home. He told ABC9 News he heard the victim’s cries for help.
“I heard her screaming for help so I came up to help. The lady was out there and she was all covered in blood,” said Whitlock.
The homeowner did not want to be identified; he told ABC9 News he was in the process of evicting the victim’s niece when the incident occurred. He says he heard banging and screaming from the second floor where the victim was staying with her niece. Shortly after, he says a friend of the victim saw the suspect run out of the home. Our camera’s captured the trail of blood the suspect allegedly left behind as he fled the home.
Abdinur was later tracked down by police K9 hiding out in an open garage nearby. He faces one count of first degree murder, which carries a sentence of up to life in prison.
Residents in the area say they are relieved the accused killer is no longer on the run.
“A lot of load off my mind because just living right over there he could [have been] trying to hide in my garage or something you know, but yea that makes me feel better that he’s in custody,” said Kreider.