PHOENIX (3TV/CBS 5) -- Phoenix Police have arrested a suspect in the investigation of a stabbing that left one woman dead on August 17.

Detective Luis Samudio of  the Phoenix Police Department said the suspect, 44-year-old Michael Quezada, was arrested on Tuesday and booked for second-degree murder, aggravated assault and other misdemeanor warrants. 

According to court Samudio, a woman identified as 57-year-old Alma Caballero, was stabbed outside the Circle K near 21st Avenue and Van Buren at about 3 a.m.

Court documents state that Caballero was talking to her girlfriend in the parking lot of the Circle K when Quezada walked up and asked the two for a cigarette. When they didn't give him one, an argument ensued and police say Quezada stabbed Caballero. 

She was rushed to a local hospital where she was later pronounced dead.

Some witnesses told police a man matching Quezada's description walked past them near the Circle K and kicked one of them as he walked by.

Another witness said Quezada yelled "Penguin, penguin, penguin" over and over before he approached the women and asked them for a cigarette. 

Quezada was arrested after his friend called police and told them that he had admitted to him that he stabbed someone at a Circle K.

The friend had dropped Quezada off at a rehab facility where police later found and arrested him. 

Quezada was booked on second-degree murder and aggravated assault charges.

 


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