Louisiana man charged in fatal Fairfax Co. hotel stabbing

A Louisiana man has been charged with second degree murder after a Saturday morning stabbing that left a woman dead in a Springfield, Virginia, hotel, Fairfax County police say.

The incident happened at around 3 a.m. at the Hilton Hotel at 6550 Loisdale Road.

Police found a woman who had been stabbed to death. Police identified her as 55-year-old Toni Newkirk, from Louisiana.

Sgt. James Curry with Fairfax County police said Newkirk was pronounced dead at the scene.

Police also found Matthew Cook, 34, with injuries to his upper body. Cook was taken to a nearby hospital with serious injuries but is in stable condition.

“It does appear that they are known to each other, but we don’t know to what extent what the relationship is,” added Curry. “We believe that we have all the parties involved in this. There’s no threat to public safety. We don’t think there’s anyone outstanding from this.”

Cook remains under guard by officers as he receives treatment from a nearby hospital.

Upon his release, he will be taken to the Fairfax County Adult Detention Center and held with no bond.

Below is a map of the area where the incident happened.

John Domen

John started working at WTOP in 2016 after having grown up in Maryland listening to the station as a child. While he got his on-air start at small stations in Pennsylvania and Delaware, he's spent most of his career in the D.C. area, having been heard on several local stations before coming to WTOP.

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