Correction: Due to an editing error, an earlier version of this headline misstated the number of women who died Friday. Marqueita Maynard died. Willie Maynard-Jones was taken to a hospital for treatment.
ST. PETERSBURG — Stanley Jones was waiting when his ex-wife and her daughter arrived at the house on 22nd Avenue N, according to the St. Petersburg Police Department.
He wasn’t supposed to be there: Police said the 52-year-old was wanted for aggravated stalking. But about noon Friday, when Willie Maynard-Jones, 60, and Marqueita Maynard, 34, got to the house at 5342 22nd Ave. N, Jones ambushed the women. He attacked them with a knife and fled on a bicycle.
Maynard died there. Maynard-Jones was taken to the hospital for treatment.
Minutes after police arrived on the scene, they arrested Jones several blocks away.
The stabbing happened in a mostly residential area near Palm Lake Christian Church, and neighbors said they were shaken by news of a brutal crime in a typically serene neighborhood.
Larry Harvey, 63, said he walked by the scene just after the stabbing when he noticed the commotion from his home down the block. He saw a person in a fluorescent green vest giving someone CPR. A bloodied woman stood by.
As first responders arrived, he said, they joined the CPR effort. Eventually, they put a tarp over the body and put the other woman, still covered in blood, in an ambulance.
Harvey has lived in the house down the block for 27 years, he said, but he grew up just a few blocks away. The worst that ever happens in this “real quiet neighborhood,” he said, is the occasional car crash on 22nd Avenue N.
“It’s disturbing, it really is,” said Harvey, whose now-grown son could walk to nearby Northwest Elementary as a child.
“You think you know your neighborhood, you know the people around you.”
Other neighbors, who knew nothing early Friday afternoon other than that someone had been stabbed and someone else arrested, echoed that sentiment. They normally feel safe here, where a trampoline stands in one side-yard and a woman chats with neighbors from a trellised patio.
“It makes me edgy,” said Melissa Patton, whose 6- and 9-year-olds go to the elementary school. “All of a sudden, there’s a stabbing in broad daylight.”
Jones was arrested in January on a trespassing charge, then was charged with aggravated stalking in February. He was charged with violating the conditions of his probation on the stalking charge in August and he served time in jail until October, when he was released, court records show.
Jones has been charged with first-degree murder, attempted first-degree murder, burglary, arson, violation of injunction, tampering with physical evidence and outstanding probable cause for aggravated stalking.
The investigation is ongoing and there could be changes to the charge.