Police arrested a 31-year-old man suspected of fatally stabbing a woman in a Killeen restaurant parking lot early Sunday morning.
Thomas Jeremy Jones was apprehended at 11:53 a.m. Sunday at a Nolanville residence after Justice of the Peace Garland Potvin issued a warrant for his arrest.
The Bell County District Attorney’s Office charged Jones with murder, and he is currently in the Killeen City Jail, awaiting arraignment.
Killeen Police Department officers responded to a 911 call at 3:14 a.m. Sunday in reference to a stabbing in the IHOP parking lot in the 700 block of West Central Texas Expressway, according to a KPD news release.
Upon arrival, officers found a woman who was suffering from multiple stab wounds; she was immediately transported to the Carl R Darnall Army Medical Center in critical condition.
The victim was identified as 21-year-old Killeen resident Kirsten Nicole Farr, according to police.
Farr was pronounced dead at 3:53 a.m. by Potvin.
An autopsy will be performed at the Southwestern Institute of Forensic Sciences in Dallas, the release stated.
On Sunday evening, more than 100 members of the community gathered for a candlelight vigil in remembrance of the young woman known to her family and friends as “Nikki.”
Witnesses told police Farr was a passenger in a gold Cadillac in the IHOP parking lot, when she was approached by Jones, her ex-boyfriend.
A verbal altercation began and quickly turned physical.
Jones stabbed Farr multiple times and fled. Officers searched the area but were unable to locate him at the time.
The IHOP general manager declined to comment on the incident.
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