Woman is stabbed to death
By Caitlin Davis, Senior Staff Writer
Jul 1, 2014, 16:33
HOPEWELL — A 28-year-old woman was found stabbed to death in an apartment in the Davisville neighborhood on Saturday afternoon.
At 3:52 p.m. police responded to the 200 block of Davisville for a domestic disturbance call involving a man and woman. Upon arrival, police located a victim in the 300 block of Davisville on the ground and unresponsive. She was pronounced dead at the scene by Hopewell Fire and EMS.
Catherine Elizabeth Lipford, who lived in the 200 block of Davisville Court, was found with multiple stab wounds. Hopewell Police Chief John Keohane said that the stabbing did occur inside the residence and evidence obtained at the scene confirms the location. Police also indicated the stabbing occurred during a “heated altercation.”
Lipford ran outside asking for help and that is when the 911 calls started coming into police.
Police then began a search for Hopewell resident Ulysses Blanding Jr., 52, of the 200 block of Davisville Court. Warrants were immediately put out for his arrest with charges of first-degree murder.
Police came to identify Blanding as the suspect “based on officer knowledge and a witness statement,” Keohane said. “Officers had some knowledge they were at the same apartment at that point.”
Blanding was apprehended within hours of the incident at a relative’s apartment in the city. He was arrested at 10:20 p.m.
This is the first murder of the year for the department and the first murder since July of last year. The murder, according to police, “was no random act.”
“A lot of good work was done by officers to establish information on the case and to apprehend the accused murderer and get him off the streets within seven hours of the incident,” Keohane said. He also said the incident was “very unfortunate.”
Keohane said Blanding has a “very violent past.” Blanding has a charge in Hopewell from 2011 of malicious assault where the victim was injured. After a trial, Blanding was found guilty and sentenced to 20 years in jail with 19 years and six months suspended. In Petersburg Circuit Court, Blanding has an unlawful wounding charge from 1991, 1999, and 2002. He also has a malicious wounding charge from 1991, 1999, and 2002.
Police also indicated that there was a child at the residence but was not present at the time of the incident.
Blanding is currently being held at Riverside Regional Jail without bond.