UPDATED 1/25/20

OSKALOOSA—According to court documents, at approximately 4:24 a.m. on Thursday morning January 23, Robert William Powell, 44, of Oskaloosa was with two other women at 1019 South 4th St, Oskaloosa. Powell took a knife and stabbed one of the women in the throat. The woman then ran away from Powell and he chased her through the house. Powell then took the knife and stabbed the woman in the head, breaking off the handle of the knife and leaving the knife stuck in her head. Powell then used his hands to strangle the victim until she was unconscious.

Police said the second woman ran from the house after witnessing the assault. Powell confronted her outside the house and said if she called the police, he would kill her.

When officials arrived, the woman who was stabbed was taken to a local hospital and remains in critical condition.

The Oskaloosa Police Department said while investigating the stabbing, there was another call at 6:43 a.m. with a report of a fight near the 200 block of South Market Street. When officers arrived there, they found another stabbing victim with serious injuries to his neck. He was taken to a local hospital for treatment.

Mahaska County Sheriff Russell Van Renterghem reported that Powell was arrested at 811 10th Avenue East shortly before 7:30 a.m. Law enforcement officials believe the two stabbings were related.

Powell has been charged with attempted murder and he's being held at the Mahaska County Jail on $500,000 bail.

A criminal charge is merely an accusation and the defendant is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty.

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OSKALOOSA—On January 23, 2020 at 4:24 a.m., members of the Oskaloosa Police Department were dispatched to the 1000 block of S. Fourth Street in reference to a stabbing victim. Upon arrival, they found a female victim with stab wounds to the head and neck. She was rushed to a local hospital with critical injuries.

While officers were investigating the original incident, at 6:43 a.m., another call came out in the 200 block of S. Market Street in reference to a fight. The suspect, described as a white male with black sweatpants, had been seen running south from the scene.

Officers arrived to find an additional stabbing victim with serious injuries to the neck. He was transported to a local hospital for treatment of his injuries.

Initial investigation led Officers to believe the two incidents were related, and they began actively tracking the suspect on foot, with K-9 assistance, and with the help of the community. The suspect was located in the 800 block of 10th Ave. E., at his residence. He was taken into custody at 7:27 a.m. without incident.

The Oskaloosa Community School District went on a lock-out protocol for a short time as a precaution.

The suspect was identified as Robert William Powell, 44, of Oskaloosa. Powell is currently being held at the Mahaska County Jail for attempted murder, and the investigation is still ongoing at this time.

Members of the Oskaloosa Police Department were assisted in this investigation by members of the Mahaska County Sheriff’s Department, Iowa State Patrol, and the Mahaska County 911 Center.

Iowa’s online courts database showed this is not Powell’s first encounter with law enforcement. In 2014 he pleaded guilty to third degree burglary and received a five-year prison sentence.

In 2000, Powell was sentenced to 15 years in prison for conspiracy to manufacture more than five grams of methamphetamine.

A criminal charge is merely an accusation and the defendant is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty.