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Residents react after a chaotic night of crime in Keokuk

River City Mall crime scene Tuesday night.

A fatal stabbing left one Keokuk woman dead Tuesday night, and now one man is behind bars.

Some Keokuk residents are calling Tuesday night in the river city "chaotic."

The initial concern started with winter weather conditions Tuesday afternoon, but then a fire broke out at city hall.

Then, three hours later, police responded to what turned out to be a fatal stabbing in the River City Mall parking lot.

"Of course I am concerned,” said Keokuk resident Kurt Steele. “I walk through here every night."

The usually quiet River City Mall parking lot became a crime scene Tuesday night; another man was arrested after he was allegedly caught trying to break into the mall, just hours after police arrested the man accused of stabbing a woman to death outside the mall.

The victim, Calvone Sackman of Keokuk, was transported to a local hospital where she died.

"I was putting ice melt on the sidewalks, and I heard a female screaming for help saying 'someone help me,' several loud screams, and the screams suddenly stopped,” Hailee Malloy said.

Now, 24-year-old Adam Golden McCain of Keokuk has been charged with murder in connection to the woman's death.

Terry Altheid works at a business adjacent to the crime scene.

"Somebody called me up and said there was a stabbing over here last night and that was the first I knew about it,” Altheid said. “So I looked out the window of the garage and saw the crime scene tape up, up here."

Altheid is in charge of walking dogs on or near the parking lot, while Steele lives nearby and uses the parking lot each day to walk to work.

"I stay to myself and I didn't notice anything walking through here last night," Steele said.

He said the northern part of the River City Mall Parking lot, where Sackman was stabbed, is a hangout.

"Sit around here and talk, it kind of actually was a safe place for them, or it was,” Steele said.

Altheid and Steele want to remind everyone to be aware of your surroundings no matter where you are.

"Just kind of keep an eye out regardless. I used to deliver newspapers four o'clock in the morning too, and 30 to 40 years ago I was concerned back then too, so we had murders back then too,” Altheid said.

McCain is charged with First Degree Murder.

He faces life in prison if convicted.


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