By Trang Do

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – A 26-year-old woman is under arrest after Philadelphia police say she stabbed another woman to death during a fight in Germantown. What started out as an argument between two groups of people turned deadly on the 5300 block of Lena Street on Tuesday night.

“It was like a fight that was happening with a bunch of girls yelling at each other,” neighbor Rachel Greene said.

Police received multiple 911 calls about the fight, just after 8:30 p.m.

Rachel Greene was one of several neighbors who called 911. But Greene says help didn’t arrive until roughly 45 minutes later after someone stabbed 27-year-old Teniesha Iseley of Frankford, twice in the chest.

“It was just like bloody murder, like a scream. You knew something happened,” Greene said.

The two groups scattered after the stabbing and responding officers rushed Iseley to Einstein Medical Center where she died shortly after 10 p.m.

Witnesses described the suspect as a young woman with red braids wearing pink shorts, which quickly led police to take 26-year-old Brittany Holmes into custody about three blocks away from where the stabbing happened.


“About three blocks away, they saw a female fitting that description,” Philadelphia Police Chief Inspector Scott Small said. “As soon as the female saw the police pulling up, the marked police unit, she tried to flee on foot but police officers immediately grabbed her, held onto her.”

Police said the initial dispute appeared to be over a parking spot, but they later confirmed it was not.

“It seemed like there was some tension brewing from maybe some cross-neighborhood things or you know, it was personal that’s what it seemed like. It seemed like whoever it was knew each other,” Greene said.

Police have not released a motive for the incident.