Holland DPS: Woman stabbed, killed by boyfriend

Keith Williams, Holland stabbing
A file mug shot of Keith Williams.


HOLLAND, Mich. (WOOD) — The man accused of stabbing and killing his girlfriend in Holland Monday is in police custody, authorities say.

Around 1:30 p.m., emergency responders were called to a home on W. 14th Street east of Washington Boulevard on a report of a medical emergency. There, they found a 37-year-old Holland woman dead of multiple stab wounds.

Police later identified the victim as Crystal Latham.

The scene of a fatal stabbing on W. 14th Street in Holland. (Oct. 9, 2017)

Holland Department of Public Safety officers identified 56-year-old Keith Gerald Williams, the victim’s boyfriend, as the suspect in the homicide after talking with witnesses. Williams took off before public safety officers arrived on the scene.

Police said that around 6:10 p.m., a Michigan State Police trooper spotted the suspect headed north on US-31 just south of Holland.

“(The trooper) followed the vehicle into the city and made the traffic stop,” Holland DPS Chief Matt Messer said.

Williams was taken into custody without incident in a Family Fare parking lot off Washington Avenue. That’s about two miles from where the stabbing happened.

He was considered armed and dangerous while he was at large. It was not immediately clear if he was in possession of a weapon when he was arrested.

“It’s a tragic event, so we’re not happy about the entire event. We’re happy we have the suspect in custody,” Messer said.

Keith Williams, Holland, stabbing
The Holland parking lot where Keith Williams was taken into custody. Here, you can see his SUV surrounded by crime scene tape. (Oct. 9, 2017)

Williams is expected to be arraigned Wednesday. It’s not yet clear precisely what charges he will face.

The motive behind the stabbing is not yet known, but police say Williams is believed to have acted alone.

Williams has a criminal record dating back to 1978 that includes felony convictions for larceny and assault with a dangerous weapon. He also has misdemeanor convictions for larceny, retail fraud, assault, and resisting and obstructing a police officer. Additionally, he’s a registered sex offender after pleading guilty to two counts of third-degree criminal sexual conduct in 1999.

Anyone with information about what happened is asked to call the Holland Department of Public Safety at 616.355.1150 or by emailing policetips@cityofholland.com. Tips may also be submitted to Silent Observer at 877.887.4536.