From the Franklinton Police
Today at approximately 10:30am, the Franklinton Police Department received a call in reference to a welfare check at 2302 Williams Street.
Patrol officers responded to the residence and the body of 57 year old Christole Young Washington was located in an overgrown lot behind her residence.
Detectives immediately initiated a homicide investigation and within less than an hour, patrol officers and detectives detained 51 year old Paul Robinson Jr. after a brief foot pursuit.
While the crime scene was being processed and secured, detectives were able to obtain a voluntary inculpatory statement from Robinson in which he implicated himself in the murder of Christole Y. Washington.
There were two young children in the residence at the time the murder was being carried out. They spent the night alone and were picked up by a family friend just as law enforcement was initiating the investigation.
Preliminary information suggest that Robinson and Washington have been aquainted for the past ten months thus classifying the crime under domestic violence.
The expedient and professional job displayed by our dispatcher, patrol division and detectives, ensured this heinous crime was brought to a swift conclusion. From the initial call until Paul Robinson was officially arrested for the murder of Ms. Washington was approximately three hours.
Chief Justin Brown commends the entire staff and reserve division of the Franklinton Police Department. Recognition should also be given to the Town Maintenance Department and Superintendent Reginald McMasters along the Washington and St. Tammany Parish Sheriff's Offices for the support they provided.
Our thoughts and prayers go out to the Washington Family and those impacted by this senseless crime.