Two people arrested in 2016 fatal stabbing of Christopher Arteberry Jr.

Suspects to be charged Friday with first-degree murder

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CEDAR RAPIDS — Police have arrested two people in the Sept. 30, 2016, fatal stabbing of Christopher Arteberry Jr. in Cedar Rapids.

Darius T. Alexander, 19, of Cedar Rapids, was arrested Thursday morning at 375 Seventh Ave. SW., and Emily N. Young, 21, was arrested Thursday afternoon at the Cedar Rapids Police Department, according to a news release. Police said both will be charged on Friday with first-degree murder, first-degree robbery and conspiracy to commit a forcible felony and are scheduled to make initial appearances in Linn County District Court.

Both suspects were taken to Linn County Jail following the arrests.

Officers responded to a call from an apartment complex at 6725 College Park Court SW, about one mile from the campus of Kirkwood Community College, at 2:09 a.m. Sept. 30, 2016, for a stabbing.

Arteberry was found with a stab wound and was given emergency medical treatment at the scene before being transported to Mercy Medical Center. Arteberry, 18, died about one hour later at the hospital.

Police said Arteberry was stabbed in the parking lot of the apartment complex and was found in unit No. 5.

First Assistant Linn County Attorney Nick Maybanks said Thursday he couldn’t provide more details about the crime until the two suspects are charged Friday. The investigation has been ongoing since last year and remains ongoing, he said.

“We are requesting assistance from the public in obtaining any other evidence and information surrounding Christopher Arteberry’s death,” Maybanks said.

Last year, Tarrah Daleness, 24, told The Gazette the victim came to her ground-floor apartment complex before he was stabbed. At the time, she declined to provide Arteberry’s name to the reporter but said they had been friends for more than six months.

“He had some friends coming from Iowa City,” Daleness said. “I watched him walk out. I saw two cars pull in, and I figured that was them.”

She looked out to see if he went back to his place but didn’t see him, Daleness said. At some point later, she saw Arteberry outside her window, bloody and carrying a kitchen knife.

“The next thing I know, he comes around the corner and knocks on my window,” she said. “And I see a knife and blood. I don’t know if (the knife) was his or not.”

Daleness said she opened her front door and Arteberry collapsed on the apartment floor. She could she what she described as a “deep” cut about 2 inches on the left side of his chest. Daleness, her roommate and another friend, Deric Gienau, 18, said they called police and tried to help Arteberry.

“He kept saying ‘one black, one white, I don’t want to die.’ ” Gienau said last year. “That’s literally what he kept saying over and over again.”

l Comments: (319) 398-8318; trish.mehaffey@thegazette.com

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