Apache Junction man accused of stabbing intoxicated partygoer

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APACHE JUNCTION, Ariz. -- A 23-year-old man from Apache Junction is accused of stabbing a Mesa man at a party last month.

According to the Pinal County Sheriff's Office, the two men did not know each other.

They both attended a house party in the 5000 block of East Cody Street in Apache Junction on May 23. The 21-year-old victim was reported to be extremely intoxicated and passed out in the yard.

Investigators said Daniel Sepulveda and another partygoer approached the victim and attempted to wake him up. The other person walked back inside the party, leaving Sepulveda alone with the victim.

Other people at the party later saw Sepulveda and the victim in a fight and one witness reported seeing Sepulveda stabbing the victim.

During the assault, another witness heard Sepulveda tell the victim, "Pull out your shank," and she heard the victim say, "I don't have one," according to investigators.

Sepulveda fled the scene. The victim disappeared on foot and later was found lying on the ground in the 1000 block of North Geronimo Road. Deputies said he was covered in blood and had sustained multiple stab wounds.

The victim was airlifted to a Phoenix-area hospital. Doctors said he sustained eight stab wounds and multiple lacerations to his upper body.

The victim reported that due to his level of intoxication at the time of the assault, he did not remember what had occurred or even knowing Sepulveda.

Sepulveda was located on June 5 and taken into custody. He was indicted on one count of aggravated assault and remains in custody in the Pinal County Jail.