Teen accused of assaulting ex-girlfriend, killing her father

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PHOENIX -- Phoenix police arrested a teen after he allegedly assaulted his ex-girlfriend and stabbed her father to death.

At approximately 10 p.m. Sunday, police were called to the area of 83rd Avenue and Indian School Road and found a 17-year-old girl with facial injuries and her parents with multiple stab wounds.

According to police, the girl's estranged boyfriend, Jaime Arturo Olivas, 18, had arrived at the home moments earlier and knocked on the girl's window to talk to her about an earlier breakup. The girl went out to talk to Olivas and he began assaulting her.

Phoenix police Detective James Holmes said Adolfo Leyva, 42, was awakened by the noise and went to rescue his daughter. Leyva and Olivas began fighting and Leyva was stabbed several times.

Holmes said the girl's mother, Dora Leyva, 42, attempted to stop the fight and she was also cut by Olivas.

Several neighbors went to help the family. The knife was knocked away from the suspect and neighbors detained him until police arrived.

Adolfo and Dora Leyva were transported to a local hospital were Adolfo later died from his injuries. Dora and her daughter received non-life threatening injuries.

Olivas was interviewed by police detectives and reportedly admitted assaulting the 17-year-old and cutting her parents.

Olivas was booked into jail and is facing one count of first-degree murder, one count of attempted first-degree murder and one count of assault.

Detectives said there may have been a history of violence between the suspect and the 17-year-old.

Holmes said violence in teen relationships is an important issue and children are afraid and often uneducated about what they should do when they find themselves in primal relationships with abusers. He added that the abusers themselves are also often uneducated and un-counseled.