Authorities investigate suspicious death in Virginia

By KBJR News 1

April 30, 2014 Updated May 1, 2014 at 9:41 PM CDT

Virginia, MN (NNCNOW.com) --- The Virginia Police Department received a call around 4:30 Tuesday from a man who told them there was a dead man in his house on the 200 block of 5th Street South.

"I seen all the squad cars in the street here and I thought hm, I wonder if we have something going on over there, and sure enough it was that little apartment building there," said Angelika Haskins, who lives a few houses down.

When authorities arrived, they determined the death was suspicious.

The Virginia Police Investigation Unit, along with the B-C-A Crime Scene Team was called in to assist with the investigation.

For Haskins, who has lived in the neighborhood for more than a decade, the news was no surprise.

"I'm not surprised. The city has a big crime wave going. I think, Virginia is just going downhill," said Haskins.

Michele Woods owns Northstar Mortgage, which has been on the corner of 2nd Ave and 5th Street South for nine years. Woods says she has noticed greater police presence in the 5th street south area in the last few years.

"They're always driving around, so there's evidently something going on, if they weren't watching something they wouldn't be here," said MIchele Woods.

Woods says she no longer feels safe in the area, let alone Virginia.

"I used to work long days, all times of the day and night, leave during day light hours, come after the rush in the mornings, so I'm here maybe 5 or 6 hours. It's just, I like the fact that my door locks from the inside," said Woods.

The BCA remained on scene Wednesday and could be seen hauling equipment from the truck into the house.

An autopsy is being conducted on the victim today and we should know more after the results of the autopsy are released.

Written and posted to the web by Raeanna Marnati