Police: Man arrested after wife found stabbed to death

Husband charged with stabbing wife to death

CHESTERFIELD COUNTY, Va. (WWBT) - Police say a man has been arrested after his wife was found stabbed inside their home.

On March 4 at approximately 10:42 p.m., Chesterfield police responded to a report that a woman had been stabbed inside her home in the 1800 block of Stone River Road.

After arriving on the scene, police found Mirian A. Diaz, 48, deceased from an apparent stabbing.

Upon further investigation, police say, Leonidas Diaz, 50, was arrested.

“We could see police or somebody pumping the person on the ground, and like three or four people on the porch, crying. And I could hear girls screaming," one neighbor said.

Police say that someone else inside the home had dialed 911.

Another neighbor watched the investigation unfold, right from her living room window:

"I was looking out the window and I saw them bring the body bag out. I saw the dogs. I saw the cops searching the neighborhood back there, so you could tell they were looking for somebody,” she said.

Police say Leonidas Diaz ran off afterward, but police canines were able to sniff out his location, still within the neighborhood. They add that he did not resist when officers took him into custody.

Neighbors say that the couple had several children and that they had frequently seen the couple arguing.

“Just regular couple arguing. I never knew it would get that bad though,” said a neighbor.

That same woman said she worried about the safety of her own kids, after hearing of the situation happening just yards from her home.

“It’s kind of crazy. I thought this was a quiet, peaceful neighborhood. But you never know what’s going on inside someone’s house.”

Leonidas Diaz is charged with second-degree murder and is being held in the Chesterfield County Jail pending a court hearing.

Anyone with information about this crime or any others should contact the Chesterfield County Police Department at 804-748-1251 or Crime Solvers at 804-748-0660.

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