Iowa teen arrested in stabbing death of grandmother


    Darian Lensgraf, charged with first-degree murder. (Muscatine County Jail)

    A 19-year-old Iowa man has been arrested hours after police say he stabbed his grandmother to death on her birthday.

    Darian Lensgraf was arrested early Wednesday in Muscatine after a convenience store clerk called 911 to report that he was in the store holding a bloody knife.

    About 15 minutes earlier, police had received another call reporting that a woman was found stabbed to death at a home in Muscatine.

    Diana Lensgraf has been identified as the victim. Wednesday marked her 66th birthday.

    Darian Lensgraf allegedly told police during an interview that he took the knife to her home with the intent to kill her. He made an initial appearance Wednesday and is being held in jail on a $5 million cash-only bond.

    He was charged earlier this year with stealing a handgun from a friend with whom he was staying.

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