Police make an arrest in connection with the stabbing death of an Ottumwa man

Published: Nov. 11, 2021 at 4:08 PM CST
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OTTUMWA, Iowa (KYOU) -An Ottumwa man is now charged with murder following an investigation into another man’s death.

Police say on Thursday, November 11 around 2:40 p.m., the police department received a 911 call from the resident of 105 N. Hancock reporting that someone had been stabbed in the alley behind the residence.

Officers arrived at the scene and found a male victim with multiple stab wounds.

The victim was identified as Gerald William Sapp, age 55, of Ottumwa. He was a guest at this residence and was working on a vehicle just off of the alley behind the N. Hancock address.

Witnesses at the scene identified the assailant and the location that the assailant was believed to have gone after the assault. While police worked the crime scene area, they were also obtaining a search warrant for a 110 N. Weller.

At approximately 7:42 p.m., officers entered the residence and found the suspect hiding inside a closet. The suspect was transported to the hospital for an evaluation.

Officers did recover potential evidence of the crime as a result of the search.

On Friday, November 12, around 4 am officers arrested Douglas Raymond Spurgeon, age 42, of 110 N. Weller.

He’s charged with Murder 1st Degree. Spurgeon was transported to the Wapello County Jail where he is being held without bond.

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