Suspect Stabs Roommate In Jealous Rage

April 30, 2008

photo of Artemio BasocoMesa Police arrested 44-year-old Mesa resident Artemio Galindo Basoco late Wednesday evening on suspicion of aggravated assault after he allegedly stabbed his roommate and then swung the knife at a juvenile.

Police received a 9-1-1 call from a 14-year-old female alleging that Basoco had just stabbed his roommate, 41-year-old Marcelo Reyes Corona and then swung the knife at her after she attempted to stop him. The incident occurred at a residence located at 235 W. Southern Avenue.

Corona suffered at least three stab wounds to his arms and upper torso. Corona received medical attention at the scene and was transported to a local hospital for life threatening injuries. He is currently listed in critical condition. Investigators learned that the involved parties reside together. Basoco remained at the scene until police arrived and immediately told investigators that he had stabbed Corona because he was "tired of his ways." During a post-Miranda interview, Basoco stated that he was jealous of Corona because Basoco's 38-year-old girlfriend had been cooking Corona dinner and cleaning his room. Basoco admitted to swinging the knife at the 14-year-old victim after she tried to stop him from stabbing Corona. According to investigators, Basoco showed no remorse for stabbing Corona, and he spoke with rage and anger as he expressed his feelings about the incident. Investigators believe that alcohol may have been a contributing factor.

Basoco was booked on two counts of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon (domestic violence). In Arizona, the domestic violence laws pertain to anyone who lives or has lived together in the past.



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