Husband allegedly beat, stabbed wifePosted: Updated:
PHOENIX – Police have arrested a man who allegedly beat and stabbed his wife Tuesday morning and then threatened to kill her new boyfriend.
It happened at about 7:30 a.m. at an apartment complex in the area of 44th Avenue and Indian School Road.
According to police, the 29-year-old woman was first hit in the head with a rock, beaten and then stabbed six times.
Neighbors said it happened right outside her apartment near the back parking lot.
According Phoenix Police Sgt. Trent Crump said the suspect originally confronted the victim about her new relationship. What started as a verbal argument escalated into physical violence.
Crump said before fleeing the scene, the suspect indicated that he was going to kill the victim's new boyfriend.
At 9 a.m., the scene was still taped off as officers continue their investigation.
The victim reportedly is a mother of three. Two of those kids were already at school when all of this happened. The third child, a 1-year-old, was with a baby sitter.
One resident, the man who called 911, told 3TV’s Ryan O’Donnell that he heard a woman scream. When he went to see what was happening and offer assistance, he recognized the victim as one of his neighbors.
Investigators identified the suspect as Martin Sanchez. They said he recently spent 15 months in prison for assaulting the victim. While there is a history of domestic violence, it's not known if the suspect has any other criminal record.
Neighbors stayed with the badly injured victim until the ambulance arrived.
"I just saw her laying down, cut up and bleeding," said Anna Ramirez.
Neighbors said while the victim was covered in blood and had at least one cut on her neck, she was awake and talking. She was taken to a local hospital. At last check she was in serious condition, but she is expected to recover.