Police: Women responsible for at least half of all Grand Rapids murders this year

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. – A man in Grand Rapids was stabbed to death by a woman Friday morning – and police say it’s the second domestic-violence-related homicide in the city this year.
It happened around 1 a.m. at the Millbrook Apartments on the southeast side.
The FBI says less than 10 percent of murders are committed by women. Surprisingly enough, women have committed at least half of all murders in Grand Rapids so far this year.
There were 18 murders in Grand Rapids in 2013, all of which Police believe were committed by men.
The numbers are staggeringly lower this year – only four homicides, two suspected at the hands of women. The women stabbed their significant others to death in both cases. One murder was by two male suspects and one murder remains unsolved.
Kenyia Townsend is behind bars for stabbing boyfriend Rashead Bryant to death in May. His sister told FOX 17 Townsend stabbed him in his sleep because he was talking to his children on Facebook.
It`s an alarming trend that goes against the national, state and city statistics.
Witness told police they saw 33-year-old James Washington murdered – stabbed multiple times with a kitchen knife by his girlfriend, 36-year-old Janaya Johnson.
“The fatal stab was into the heart,” Captain Jeffrey Hertel of the Grand Rapids Police Department said.
Johnson ran from the scene – and police say they found her a short time later, arresting her for the brutal murder. It`s not Johnson’s first run in with the law, with prior convictions for assault and malicious destruction of property.
Johnson is set to be arraigned on Tuesday and is being held without bond.

12 comments

  • Benjamin

    This article is blantantly racist. The author says nearly half of all murders in GR are committed by women and there is one picture of a black woman, as if this is the frame in which we should live. This is a classic example of racially charged imagery and discriminatory reporting. If one wants to be a little less racially biased an excellent reference is Harris and Carbado’s “Loot or Find. Fact vs. Frame.” There is no reference to race in this article, however, the only image is of a black woman. This is a despicable display of racism and only hints at a much deeper issue in this country, institutionalized racism, a history of oppression, and contributes to internalized racism among marginalized peoples. The editors and authors of this piece should be ashamed of themselves and offer an apology.

    • Michael

      I’m trying to figure out how it’s racist? Both of the women who committed murders this year were in fact black women. I think you misread the article because they were only talking about murders for the year 2014.

    • annmarielaflamme

      Ben, the photo is of the woman accused of the stabbing death that happened the day this story was posted. The other female murderer suspect is also African American so this photo clearly wasn’t chosen based on the suspects skin color.

      • shellyshelly

        if you know the real person that committed his crime Janaya Johnson u would be in aww cuz if you knew the real janya you would know she wouldnt hurt anyone unless she felt threatened for her own safetythe only person that really knows what happen is God her and himself so DO NOT JUDGE…….

    • SouthernBlueEyes

      I think you should offer an apology for being so ignorant. Jeeze. Put the racist card down and find some other way to spend your time.

  • shellyshelly

    if you know the real person that committed his crime Janaya Johnson u would be in aww cuz if you knew the real janya you would know she wouldnt hurt anyone unless she felt threatened for her own safetythe only person that really knows what happen is God her and himself so DO NOT JUDGE…….

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