Police arrest Phoenix man in fatal stabbing of wife

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PHOENIX -- Police arrested a man accused in the fatal stabbing of his wife last week.

A spokesman for the Phoenix Police Department said the stabbing occurred Friday evening during an argument at the couple's home near Cave Creek Road and Greenway Parkway in north Phoenix.

Police said Maria Gonzalez, 41, is the mother of eight children and five were home at the time of the attack. Some of the children tried to stop the assault, but were unsuccessful.

Police said Salvador Garcia-Sanchez, 31, dragged Gonzalez by her hair from the master bedroom through the living room to the kitchen then stabbed her twice in the chest with a butcher knife, according to Maricopa County Superior Court documents.

When police arrived on scene, they found Gonzalez just outside the residence with stab wounds.

Officers also located her husband, who had collapsed inside the residence. Police said Garcia-Sanchez received a stab wound to the chest, which they believe occurred when he fell to the floor and landed on the knife he was holding.

He was taken to a local hospital for treatment.

Garcia-Sanchez has been released from the hospital and booked on charges of first-degree murder and kidnapping. Police said he was out on bond from ICE for possible illegal immigration into the United States when the crime occurred.

The couple have three children in common. The mother's other five children are from previous relationships. The children's ages range from 6 to 24 years old.