Dartmouth man arrested after woman stabbed to death in stairwell
Halifax police have arrested a 28-year-old Dartmouth man after a woman was stabbed to death at an apartment building on Saturday.
Police responded to a report of a disturbance in the common area of the building, located at 117 Albro Lake Road, at 10:15 p.m.
When they arrived on the scene, officers discovered a woman’s body in the stairwell.
“There was a lot of hate, a lot of hate in that murder,” says tenant Dylan Kennedy, who also came across the body in the stairwell.
“There was a trail of blood leading from apartment four and going down by the stairs and that apartment was empty before,” says neighbour Shelby DeCoste.
Police have identified the victim as 33-year-old Tara Lynn Park of Dartmouth.
An autopsy conducted on Sunday confirms Park died as a result of stab wounds.
Police arrested a man in connection with the incident on Monday afternoon. He remains in custody.
No charges have been laid at this time.
People who live in the apartment complex say they didn’t know Park who, according to her landlord, only moved in on Saturday morning.
Charlene Whynot, who has lived in the building for three years, admits the incident has her feeling anxious.
“It just makes me feel uneasy, of course. Security is kind of gone,” says Whynot.
Some of the building’s tenants are considering moving.
“I don’t think I can walk up those stairs every day. All that I’m going to see is her eyes,” says Kennedy.
Police have spent two full days combing the building for evidence.
“There’s a lot of work to be done,” says Const. Pierre Bourdages. “We’ve had an officer at the scene ever since the original call on Saturday night. We keep on processing the scene.”
Police are asking anyone with information to come forward.
With files from CTV Atlantic's Sarah Plowman