Man who stabbed Glendale officer gets 27 years in prison

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By Alicia Barron By Alicia Barron

GLENDALE, Ariz. – A man was sentenced to almost 30 years in prison for car theft and stabbing a Glendale police officer.

Ramiro Garibay, 34, was found guilty on July 12. The crimes took place on August 12, 2009 when Glendale police officer Gino Garcia approached Garibay when he failed to heed to his call to stop. Officer Garcia pursued Garibay who then punched the officer in the chest and stabbed him several times before fleeing.

Glendale police was able to link Garibay to an unrelated car theft with the help of video surveillance that showed him committing the crime. Officer Garcia was able to positively identify Garibay as his attacker.

County Attorney Rick Romley says, “Crimes against our community’s first responders while in the line of duty will be vigorously prosecuted by this office. These heroes put their lives on the line for our safety every day, and they need to know that they’ve got strong prosecutors standing beside them.”

Garibay was sentenced Tuesday by Judge Susanna Piñeda to 27 consecutive years behind bars. He received 11.25 years for theft of means of transportation and 15.75 for aggravated assault.