On January 19, 2012 at approximately 11:35 PM, Waterloo Police were dispatched to 1000 block of W.4th Street on report of a stabbing. Upon arrival, officers located the victim, Wesley Leforrest Polk, age 49, of 2126 Idaho Street, Waterloo, IA, standing in the alley. Polk had been stabbed in the right eye and cheek area. Polk stated that he and the suspect had gotten into an argument and that the suspect stabbed him in the face. Polk was transported to Covenant Medical Center for his injuries.

The investigation revealed that the stabbing occurred at 1009 West 4th Street, Apartment #2. Officers searched the residence and seized a long two-pronged cooking fork believed to have been used in the stabbing.

Officers located and arrested Darlene Valeda Oden, age 57, of 1009 West 4th Street, Apartment #2, Waterloo, IA. Oden was charged with Willful Injury and Going armed with intent. Oden is currently being held in the Black Hawk County Jail.

Polk was later transported to the University of Iowa Hospital in Iowa City for surgery. His injuries are not life threatening.

Captain Tim Pillack
Waterloo Police Invesigations


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