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Arizona man accused of stabbing girlfriend 26 times, then fleeing to Mexico: police

Arizona authorities arrested a suspect for murder after he allegedly stabbed his girlfriend 26 times and then fled to Mexico.

Peoria resident Erik Islas, 53, was charged with first-degree murder. Police believe he stabbed his 59-year-old girlfriend, Patricia Hawking, during a fight on September 3.

According to court documents obtained by FOX 10 Phoenix, the investigation began when Hawking’s landlord told police that she hadn’t seen her tenant in several days. When the woman called Hawking’s phone, a man picked up and said he found her phone at a Phoenix intersection.

When police entered Hawking’s casita on September 5, they found blood on the ground and a blood-soaked knife in the trash. The home was “in disarray with clear signs of a struggle, broken furniture and damaged items,” according to court documents.

 

Maricopa County Sheriff's Office exteriors

Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office is actively investigating the case. (Google Maps)

Islas was booked into jail without bail. Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office is actively investigating the case.

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