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'It's like a bad dream': Family of Janesville stabbing victim shocked after homicide

Woman stabs, kills 26-year-old during argument, police say

JANESVILLE, Wis. - A Janesville woman is accused of killing her former boyfriend Tuesday night, according to police. 

The Janesville Police Department said 20-year-old Sarina Stone was arrested on suspicion of first-degree reckless homicide in the death of 26-year-old Robert Thomas Jr. of Janesville. 

Today, Thomas's family says their still in disbelief.

"It's hard man," said Curtis Sykes, Thomas's brother. "It's still shocking. It's like a bad dream. I really can't believe this happened."

At a news conference Wednesday morning, police said Stone brought Thomas to Mercy Hospital at about 12:30 a.m.Wednesday. He was seated in the passenger seat and had a single stab wound to his chest. 

Thomas's family says they can't believe Stone was capable of this.

"She aint no criminal, she aint got no background or nothing like that," Sykes said. 

He was treated for his injury but later died and an autopsy was performed at about 8:30 a.m. 

Police said Stone told officers she picked up Thomas on Madison Street and the two drove to the 2700 block of West Wall Street Tuesday night. The two argued in the parking lot and Stone said Thomas struck her. She said she then stabbed Thomas and drove him to the hospital. 

It's the first homicide to happen in Janesville in 2018. Police say they're working now with the family of the victim. 

"Our concerns and prayers go out to the Thomas family, and I can tell you that we have assigned a detective to serve as liaison to the family through these tough moments," said Janesville Police Chief David Moore. 

Stone and Thomas had dated in the past, police said. 

Anyone with information related to the case is asked to contact Janesville police at 608-757-2244, Crime Stoppers at 608-756-3636 or submit a tip through the P3 Tips app.

Police Chief David Moore said the homicide was the first in Janesville this year. 


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