Mesa man accused of stabbing neighbor

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MESA, Ariz. -- One man is dead and his neighbor is in custody after an early morning stabbing at a Mesa home.

Officers were called to a home in the neighborhood northeast of Alma School and Guadalupe roads just after 1 a.m. Tuesday.

According to Mesa police Sgt. Ed Wessing, a 48-year-old man had been stabbed in the upper torso. Paramedics pronounced him dead on the scene.

The 39-year-old woman who called 911 to request medical attention for the victim identified the suspect as her boyfriend, Quinten S. Rushton. The couple live down the street from the victim and the three of them had been drinking alcohol and playing pool during the evening.

Venetia Waddell told investigators that she saw Rushton stab the victim with a kitchen knife. She said he then thrust the knife toward her abdomen. Rushton was not able to stab her but did leave a small abrasion on her abdomen, according to Wessing.

He then fled the scene.

Patrol officers located Rushton, 50, a short time later. Officers said he not only matched the description they were given, but he also had evidence of blood on him.

While being detained, Rushton reportedly kicked one of the patrol officers in the groin.

Wessing said Rushton admitted he stabbed the victim in the abdomen then ran from the area. He reportedly said he was angry that the victim had pushed him earlier in the evening.

Rushton was booked for second-degree murder, aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, and aggravated assault of a law enforcement officer.