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Williamsburg News – Public Safety

Posted on: November 13, 2021

Update: Victim Identified in Fatal Stabbing

Update (2:45 p.m. Nov. 15)

The victim from Friday evening’s fatal stabbing has been identified as Catherine Patricia Heaston, 71, of James City County, Virginia. James City County Police Department notified the victim’s family of her passing.

The Criminal Investigations Bureau is currently exploring several possible motives for the attack. While the motive is still unclear, there is not an ongoing threat to the public.

Anyone with information about the case is asked to contact the Williamsburg Police Department at 757-220-2331. Tips can also be submitted anonymously through Crime Stoppers by phone at 888-Lock-U-Up or click HERE to submit a tip online.

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stabbing suspectOn November 12, 2021, at approximately 6 p.m., officers were dispatched to the 1300 block of Richmond Road for a stabbing incident.  Officers found the victim, a 71-year-old female, suffering from stab wounds. She was transported to Riverside Doctors’ Hospital with life-threatening injuries and later died.

The preliminary investigation revealed that the victim appeared to arrive at Walgreens separately from the suspect, LaTeisha Meekins, 35, of Williamsburg.  According to witnesses, the two women met outside the store and spoke for a few moments prior to the stabbing. 

Late last night, investigators arrested Meekins and charged her with second-degree murder. Ms. Meekins is being held at the Virginia Peninsula Regional Jail without bond. 

At this time, the motive for this attack is unclear, however, we do not believe there is any ongoing threat to the public.  The incident remains under investigation by the Williamsburg Police Department’s Criminal Investigations Bureau. The victim’s identity is currently being withheld.

Anyone with information about the case is asked to contact the Williamsburg Police Department at 757-220-2331. Tips can also be submitted anonymously through Crime Stoppers by phone at 1-888-Lock-U-Up or click HERE to submit a tip online.  

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