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James Washington Identified as Friday Morning Stabbing Victim

GRAND RAPIDS, MI – James Arthur Washington, 33 years old, was allegedly JAMES ARTHUR WASHINGTON-1stabbed to death by 36-year-old Janaya Johnson at the Millbrook Apartments on the southeast side early Friday morning.

Police were called early Friday morning to Millbrook Apartments in the 900 block of Pastiche Drive SE at around 12:45 a.m.

Witnesses indicated that Washington had been involved in a fight with Johnson inside of the apartment. They also told police they saw Washington to be stabbed multiple times with a kitchen knife by his girlfriend Janaya Johnson.

“The fatal stab was into the heart,” Captain Jeffrey Hertel of the Grand Rapids Police Department said.

Investigators found James Washington inside the apartment located at 932 Pastiche Drive SE, Apartment #3 with multiple stab wounds.  He was pronounced dead at the scene.

janaya-johnsonJanaya Johnson had fled the scene before authorities could arrive.  She was located a short time later and taken into custody.

Both Washington and Johnson have previous criminal backgrounds.

James Arthur Washington

  • Offense:  Criminal Sexual Conduct, 2nd Deg (Multiple Variables)
  • Offense: Assault with Dangerous Weapon (Felonious Assault)
  • Date Convicted: 05/31/2005
  • Court:  Grand Rapids, MI
Janaya Johnson
  • Offense:  Misdemeanor Assault or Assault and Battery – 1997
  • Offense:  Malicious Destruction of Personal Property – 2004
  • Court:  Battle Creek, MI

She is being charged with Felonious Homicide. Janaya Johnson, if convicted, could face the rest of her life behind bars.

Police are asking anyone with information to contact them at 616-456-3604.


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