UPDATE: Stabbing of ‘very special’ woman was unexpected, shelter says

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UPDATE NOON WEDNESDAY, NOV. 11, 2020

Frankfort, Ky. (WTVQ) – The woman stabbed outside a men’s shelter Tuesday in Frankfort

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Robin Jones

worked at the shelter and the community “lost someone special,” according to those who knew and worked with her.

The community lost someone very special. She loved everyone and was the type of person who would take the coat off her back or the shoes off her feet and give it to help someone,” James Barnett, executive director of Access Soup Kitchen and Men’s Shelter, said of 56-year-old Robin Jones.

Clifton Sapp, 39, who stayed at the shelter, is being held in connection with her death. He is charged with murder, according to Frankfort Police.

In a statement, the ACCESS Board of Directors said the incident was unexpected and asked the community to pray for those involved. The statement reads:

“The ACCESS Soup Kitchen and Men’s Shelter is shocked and deeply saddened by the death of our beloved kitchen manager Robin Jones. Robin was an important member of our staff and family for the past 12 years, starting as a full-time volunteer and then as an employee. Every day she helped dozens of the most vulnerable people in Frankfort and Franklin County. She was a friend to anyone who came into our facility. She had a huge heart, especially for children. Her presence undeniably made a difference as she exemplified the core of our mission every single day while adding her own personal touch of love, compassion and a listening ear. Needless to say, she was passionate about the work she did and because of such, many lives were impacted by her love.

“The attack on Robin was completely unexpected, and her assailant is now in police custody. The assailant was a client of the shelter and had been for several months. He had the same friendly exchanges with Robin that many of the men do, with her buying him cigarettes and him buying her Mountain Dews from time to time. This tragic incident came with no warning, no build-up of hostility or violence.

“Unfortunately the tragic nature of her death is a reminder of the fragile and violent world we live in. And as she deeply believed, our mission to provide healthy meals and temporary shelter for our vulnerable population remains important. ACCESS has and continues to screen the men who reside in our facility. We work closely with local health agencies to refer our clients needing help beyond shelter and food. We monitor the people we serve to insure their health and safety is prioritized. And we partner with local law enforcement when the need arises.

“Please pray for Robin’s sister and her son, and for the traumatized staff, clients and residents of ACCESS. Please pray for our Executive Director James Barnett, and also for the members of the ACCESS Board and our hundreds of volunteers, many of whom are our friends and acquaintances, as they work to continue this vital community ministry at such a time. They will be resourced by Kentucky Crisis Prevention and by Tom Russell of the City of Frankfort.

“Above all give thanks for the life and witness of Robin. She was a genuine person who showed people love through her actions, and a loss to the whole community. We are proposing that the kitchen be named for her, to become the Robin Jones Memorial Kitchen. As Robin sought it to be her mission, we remain committed to serving people in need in our community.

“Our web site has this apt quotation from Proverbs 3:27 “Do not pass by a man in need, for you may be the hand of God to him.” May God hold Robin in that very hand now and forever.

“Please join us in our prayer for Robin

“Dear God, I cry for those of us left behind, for the lonely ones with hollows in our hearts. I ask You to comfort us, give peace, restore hope, and lavish us with love, family, and belonging. In the depths of loss, meet us with Yourself.

“I cry for the legacy this loved one leaves in death, for the ways the world has been made different by her presence, for the memories that become both more beautiful and more painful on this side of death. And I pray that the work You have accomplished in this remarkable life will grow deeper, wider, and stronger in the days to come, uninhibited by a weak opponent like death,” the statement concluded.

The stabbing happened at around 9:30 a.m. Tuesday outside the shelter on West Second Street.

UPDATE: 5 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 10, 2020

FRANKFORT, Ky. (WTVQ) – The Franklin County Coroner’s Office has identified the victim of the homicide Tuesday morning in Frankfort. The victims is 56-year-old Frankfort resident Robin S. Jones, Coroner William Harrod said.

Mrs. Jones was pronounced at 10:09 a.m. on scene.

An autopsy is scheduled for Wednesday morning. There are no further details available, Harrod said.

ORIGINAL STORY

FRANKFORT, Ky. (WTVQ) – One person is dead following a fatal stabbing outside a homeless shelter.

It happened at around 9:30 a.m. Tuesday at the Access Soup Kitchen and Men’s Shelter on West Second Street.

According to Franklin County Coroner Will Harrod, a woman was pronounced dead at the scene at 10:09 a.m. He says he is still waiting to contact her next-of-kin before releasing her name.

Harrod says this is being investigated as a homicide.

Frankfort Police say they do have a suspect in custody.