WASHINGTON – A Washington man was stabbed to death in his bedroom and his roommate was later arrested, the chief of police said at a mid-morning press conference.
Chief Mike McCoy said Jordan J. Hyde, 32, was found walking about two miles away from the eight-unit apartment building where the victim was found stabbed to death.
Joshua R. Snyder, 41, was identified as the victim, Tazewell County Coroner Charles Hanley said late Tuesday afternoon. He died of multiple stab wounds, Hanley said.
The stabbing was the city’s second of the year but McCoy said residents shouldn’t be worried as he is positive the only arrest in the case has been made.
Hyde was a roommate of the victim, the chief said. He was booked into the Tazewell County Jail on the charge of first-degree murder and could appear in court on Wednesday.
At 12:41 p.m., the chief said a person who lived in the building called police after finding the Snyder’s apartment door open and items thrown about.
Officers arrived and found the Snyder in the bedroom bleeding from a stab wound. McCoy didn’t say what type of weapon was used.
"The apartment was in total disarray," McCoy, adding that medics who arrived shortly after 1 p.m. found no signs of life.
Quickly, he said, a person of interest was identified and officers went looking for him. Hyde was found walking towards another residence about two miles away, covered with a red substance consistent with blood.
He consented to go to the police station where he was questioned and then arrested.
Police here announced the death late Monday afternoon.
As with the first homicide of the year, that of Kyle D. McMurtrey, the chief stressed there was no threat to Washington residents. Both crimes, he said, were not random.
McMurtrey, 34, was found in a ditch behind AMC Classic Sunnyland 10 last Wednesday. McCoy said last week he was last seen alive on June 17, a day before he was found.
That was also deemed a homicide, as McCoy said it was clear that McMurtrey did not die of natural causes.
Washington isn’t known for violent crime, and McCoy, who was formerly the sheriff in Peoria County, said it was the first homicide in his 2 1/2 years as Washington’s police chief.
The Illinois State Police is assisting with both investigations. Anyone with information regarding either death, contact Washington police at 444-1110 or investigators with the state police at (217) 993-2088.
This story will be updated.