A 28-year-old car wash employe arrested Monday in the stabbing death of a widow on Fairmont Street NW was charged early yesterday in the fatal stabbings more than a year ago of two other women.

After questioning by homicide detectives, James Franklin McLinnahan, of no fixed address, was charged with homicide in the deaths of Helen Lyons, 85, and Lyons' daughter, Baylisle Burchett, 61, both of whom were stabbed repeatedly on Sept. 22, 1978, in their house at 636 Keefer Pl. NW. s

Detectives said that McLinnahan had been questioned previously in the deaths of the two women. When he was brought to police headquarters in connection with Monday's arrest, he was recognized by a detective, and again questioned.

McLinnahan was arrested Monday in the death of Hattie M. Long, 61, of 1401 Fairmont St. NW. Officer Robert A. Jenkins of the 3rd District pursued a bloodstained man on foot several blocks from the Fairmont Street address to make the arrest.

Long had been stabbed several times in the neck and chest, police said.

They said they believed robbery or burglary was the motive in all three of the fatal stabbings.

The suspect was recognized at headquarters Monday by detective Robert L. Jackson as a man who had been questioned earlier in the Keefer Place, case. McLinnahan was charged about 2 a.m. yesterday, police said.