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Woman Killed in Richfield Parking Lot

A woman laid slain with a dropped sack of groceries and a shoe in the parking lot, the Star Tribune reported that neighbors near a Richfield complex said Sunday.

The 22-year-old, unidentified woman was killed around 9:30 p.m. Saturday at the Buena Vista Apartment Homes at 734 E. 78th St. She was stabbed to death, said the Hennepin County mediacal examiner's office.

Richfield police did not release information about a possible motive. An unidentified 24-year-old man was arrested and is being held at the Hennepin County jail.

Police dogs searched the area. It is not clear where the suspect was arrested, the Star Tribune reported. Television station KSTP TV reported that the man was arrested in Bloomington, and that police said the man and woman knew each other.

The woman's name is being withheld until fingerprint identity examinations are confirmed, the Star Tribune reported.

Neighbors described the scene as blood flowing the length of the parking lot. The woman's throat may have been cut, they said. Diane Soderberg was watching television with her window open when she heard a "blood-curdling" scream.

"I kept the blinds shut. It was a horrific, horrific noise," she told the Star Tribune. "I knew she was in trouble, but by that time the rescue squad was coming. It was just horrific, the scream."

Television station KSTP TV reported that the woman's child was bleeding, who was not hurt and is with his father.