Check Cashing Store Stabbing Suspect Arrested

September 9, 2009

photo of Jorge Luis Miranda AvilaThe Mesa Police Department announced that an arrest has been made in the violent stabbing of a check cashing store employee. The incident occurred on August 31, 2009 at about 9:00 am at 1650 E. Broadway. The female victim was opening the business for the day when she noticed a long-time customer standing hear her. She continued inside and opened the inner employee door when she felt a push from behind. As she turned and looked at the suspect, he laughed at her and began stabbing her with a 6- to 8-inch knife. The attack continued as the victim fell; she was stabbed a total of 37 times before the suspect fled the area.

When officers arrived at the scene, they found the victim still lying on the floor inside the business. She was eventually able to tell detectives that she recognized the suspect as a customer who had asked her out several times. She said that she had never gone out with him and felt it may have been the reason for the attack. The suspect, Jorge Luis Miranda Avila (28), was identified as the suspect and was located at a residence in Mesa.

The victim is still recovering from her injuries. The suspect was booked on one count of Attempted First Degree Murder.



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