Suspect Slashes Roomate, Self With Razor Blade

March 20, 2008

photo of Scott LopezOn March 20, 2008 at 3:30 a.m. Mesa Police responded to Desert Banner Hospital in west Mesa to investigate a possible stabbing. Initial reports indicated that the victim had slash wounds to his back. At the hospital, investigators learned that the 19-year-old male victim had allegedly been slashed with a razor blade by his roommate, later identified as 21-year-old Scott Lopez (seen in photo) of Mesa.

Investigators responded to the alleged scene of the crime, an apartment home located at 850 S. Longmore in Mesa. They located Scott Lopez at the apartment. Lopez had deep cuts on the inside of both of his arms. He made statements that the wounds were self-inflicted. Lopez was transported to a local hospital where he was treated for his injuries. After receiving medical treatment, Lopez was released from the hospital and taken into police custody. During a post-Miranda interview, Lopez admitted to slashing the victim's back with a razor blade while he was sleeping. Investigators learned that earlier that evening Lopez and the victim engaged in a verbal argument, which ultimately led to the violent slashing.

Lopez is being booked on one count of Aggravated Assault with a Deadly Weapon. Because Lopez and the victim were roommates, the assault falls under the State of Arizona's domestic violence statutes.



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