Suspect Stabs Roommate In Jealous Rage
April 30, 2008
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
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
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.