Police arrest suspect in fatal stabbing outside Glendale home


by Catherine Holland

Video report by Tess Rafols

Posted on February 14, 2014 at 3:31 PM

Updated Monday, Feb 17 at 1:04 PM

Map: 4600 block of W. Rose Lane

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GLENDALE, Ariz. -- Glendale police have arrested a suspect in a fatal stabbing.

The victim, a 37-year-old man, was found late Thursday night outside a home on the 4600 block of West Rose Lane, which is northeast of 47th Avenue and Bethany Home Road.

Police responded to the scene after receiving a 911 call from a woman who said a man had been stabbed.

That man was taken to a local hospital where doctors pronounced him dead. Police say they will not release the victim's name until they notify his next of kin.

Sgt. Jay O'Neill of the Glendale Police Department said the victim was involved in a verbal argument with a man from a nearby home. The argument turned physical and the victim was stabbed at least once.

The other man fled the scene before police arrived.

Less than an hour later, an officer located a man riding a bike very rapidly with no reflectors, which is a violation, in the area of 67th and Olive avenues. The man was identified as Christopher Martinez, 31, of Phoenix.

Martinez had warrants for his arrest and was found to be in possession of a knife and drug pipe. He also had what appeared to be blood on his clothing.

Martinez matched the description of the stabbing suspect and was taken into custody to be interviewed.

Detectives developed probable cause to arrest Martinez. He was booked into the Fourth Avenue Jail late Friday morning for one count of second-degree murder.

Homicide investigators are working to determine what sparked the initial argument.