Three arrested in connection with fatal stabbing that caused delays on I-17


by Andrew Michalscheck

Posted on December 30, 2012 at 10:47 AM

Updated Thursday, Jan 3 at 2:38 PM

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PHOENIX -- Three people are facing criminal charges in connection with a fatal stabbing that led to the closure of part of Interstate 17 on Saturday morning.

Phoenix Police said they’ve arrested a 17-year-old girl on a  first-degree murder charge for allegedly killing 18-year-old Lorena Sandra Uzueta.

Police also arrested Alexis Nicole Hernandez, 19, for aggravated assault and Charlie Trinidad, 18, for misconduct involving weapons and possession of marijuana.

According to authorities, the incident started early Saturday morning during a party involving both adults and juveniles in the area of 8700 N. 28th Drive.

There was a brief fight outside the party, but it was broken up and people began leaving the area.

Uzueta, who had helped stop the fight, had left the party and was with some friends when she was attacked and stabbed by the 17-year-old in the area of 2800 W. Lawrence.

After Uzueta had been stabbed, Hernandez reportedly started fighting with her. While fighting with Hernandez, Uzueta was stabbed a second time by the 17-year-old.

Hernandez and the 17-year-old then fled the scene.

Uzueta’s friends put her in a car and were taking her to the hospital when they got into an accident on the I-17 near Glendale Avenue.

Arizona Department of Public Safety officers arrived on scene and discovered that Uzueta was suffering from stab wounds. She was rushed to a local hospital where she later died.

Phoenix Police began investigating the case and were able to tie Hernandez and the 17-year-old to the crime. They were both located and booked into the Maricopa County Jail.

During their investigation police also learned that Trinidad had fired a gun into the air during the fight at the party. He was also found to be in possession of marijuana.

Trinidad was subsequently arrested and booked into the Maricopa County Jail.