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Woman Arrested, Charged With Murder After Mpls. Stabbing

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MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — A 26-year-old woman has been arrested and charged with second-degree murder in connection with a fatal stabbing last Wednesday, according to police.

Authorities say Yolanda Lynn Smith, address unknown, was identified as a possible suspect after witnesses said she fled the crime scene.

Police found the victim bleeding from multiple stab wounds in the area of 5th Avenue South and Lake Street East on Wednesday, Aug. 21. The woman was taken to the hospital, where she later died.

Witnesses told police Smith left the area on foot but officers were unable to find her. A witness said she saw the victim and Smith in an argument that became physical.

The witness told police she saw the two wrestling and then saw the suspect pull out a large folding-style hunting knife. According to the witness, the suspect stabbed the woman multiple times and walked away. The witness then called 911.

Police say the searched for Smith and eventually found her on Sunday. Officers approached her near West River Road and Lake Street, but Smith fled into a heavily wooded area between the parkway and the Mississippi River.

During a search of the area, officers located Smith hiding in some bushes. She was placed under arrest.

Smith later admitted to police that she stabbed the victim. She is currently in custody.

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