Man arrested after stabbing three, strangling another in Ottumwa

On Sunday, Ottumwa Police arrested 37-year-old, Mahki Apaisam, who is accused of stabbing three...
On Sunday, Ottumwa Police arrested 37-year-old, Mahki Apaisam, who is accused of stabbing three people that he lived with on W Fifth St.(Ottumwa Police Department)
Published: Apr. 19, 2021 at 1:40 PM CDT
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OTTUMWA, Iowa (KYOU) - The Ottumwa Police Department announced Monday that a local man has been arrested after reports of a stabbing at an Ottumwa residence.

Early Sunday morning, Ottumwa Police responded to 229 W Fifth Street following calls of a domestic disturbance and stabbing. Upon their arrival, officers found one of the victims restraining the suspect who had reportedly stabbed three people living at the location.

Two of the victims sustained serious injuries. 22-year-old Kayla Obed suffered stab wounds to her hand and abdomen and was immediately airlifted to a hospital. 21-year-old Harley Ben received stab wounds that required immediate surgery. 18-year-old AJ Obed was cut on his forehead but had non-life-threatening injuries. He was able to restrain the suspect until police arrived. Police say 24 year old Vivian Henry was strangled but sustained minor injuries.

The suspect has been identified as 37-year-old, Mahki Apaisam, who officers say was under the influence of alcohol during the incident.

He is now facing several charges:

- Attempt to Commit Murder (2 Counts), both Class B Felonies

- Domestic Abuse While Displaying a Weapon (3 Counts), Aggravated Misdemeanors

- Going Armed With Intent, a Class D Felony

- Domestic Abuse Assault - Strangulation, a Class D Felony

- Assault with Intent to Commit Sex Abuse, Class D Felony

- Willful Injury-Bodily Injury (2 Counts), Class D Felonies

There is no word yet on a motive or what started the incident, but police say that all five people involved including the suspect were living at the residence.

All of the victims in the case are in stable condition and are expected to make a full recovery.

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