Crime

Deadly Knife Attack: Glendale Man Suspected of Cutting Girlfriend's Throat

The 911 hang-up call from Glendale came in just after four in the morning on Monday. Someone answered the phone each of the three times police operators called back.

The first time: No response, noise in background. Second time: Woman screaming in background. Third time: A man answers, tells police there's "no problem," and hangs up.

Right about then, court documents show, Juan Aurelio Sanchez called family members from the blood-soaked apartment of his girlfriend, where the 911 had come from.

Sanchez "told them he had fucked up and needed them to come look after his son," records state. The family members got there before police and found Sanchez lying next to his girlfriend, who was dead -- her throat slashed.

The unidentified family members tried to take a knife from Sanchez, and he struggled with them, trying to cut his own throat. [From his mug shot, it looks like he only gave himself a little boo-boo]. They got the knife from him just before police arrived at the place, 5190 North 55th Avenue, No. 107.

Records show that Sanchez had lived in the apartment with his girlfriend, also not named, for only two months. He'd been drinking heavily at a family gathering earlier, but no one noticed any major problems between him and the woman.

Police say Sanchez is claiming the woman cut her own throat, but that evidence at the scene and inconsistencies in what he told cops points to a homicide. Cops want him charged with second-degree murder.

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Ray Stern has worked as a newspaper reporter in Arizona for more than two decades. He's won numerous awards for his reporting, including the Arizona Press Club's Don Bolles Award for Investigative Journalism.
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