2 Charged with murder after fatal stabbing at Mesa home

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Roy John Carlos Cortez (left) and Luis Alberto Garcia By Catherine Holland Roy John Carlos Cortez (left) and Luis Alberto Garcia By Catherine Holland
By Catherine Holland By Catherine Holland
By Catherine Holland By Catherine Holland
By Catherine Holland By Catherine Holland
By Catherine Holland By Catherine Holland

MESA, Ariz. -- Two people are in custody after a disagreement at a small get together turned violent, ending with a man stabbed to death.

The victim has been identified as Robert Olmedo. The suspects are Roy John Carlos Cortez (above left) and Luis Alberto Garcia.

It happened shortly after 9 p.m. Thursday at a home in the neighborhood just southeast of Broadway Road and Stapley Drive in Mesa. Police received a call regarding a disturbance.

According to Sgt. Steve Berry of the Mesa Police Department Olmedo, 26, arrived late to the barbecue. As the night went on, Olmedo, Cortez and Garcia, were drinking and arguing.

It's not clear what led up to that confrontation, but the quarrel took a violent turn when Cortez, 23, and Garcia, 26, pulled out knives.

"It sounds like the victim was stabbed by one or both of those suspects," Berry explained.

The fight spilled out into the street where Cortez and and Garcia kept stabbing and cutting Olmedo until he went down. The pair then jumped into a car and fled the scene.

Paramedics tried to revive Olmedo, but they were unable to do so. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

Because the both Cortez and Garcia were known to others at the party where this happened, police were able to catch up with them relatively quickly.

"Our officers on the street were able to get them detained," Berry said.

Detectives spent the morning questioning Cortez and, but neither one has admitted involvement in the deadly stabbing, Berry said.

No other information about Olmedo, Cortez or Garcia has been released and it's still not clear what sparked the argument that led to the stabbing.

Olmedo's family arrived on the scene shortly after 7 a.m., about 10 hours after the stabbing. They were visibly shaken as they spoke with officers. While the family declined an on-camera interview, Olmedo's mother told 3TV's Tess Rafols that he was her only son.

Cortez and Garcia were both booked on a charge of second-degree murder. They should be making their initial court appearances within the next 48 hours.