On this photograph launched Saturday, March 23, 2019, by the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Workplace exhibits suspect Fernando Acosta. The 25-year-old Arizona man who was driving a San Diego-area lady’s automobile is accused of fatally stabbing her after the car veered off a freeway and crashed in a Phoenix suburb, leading to a chaotic scene involving passers-by who stopped to assist. (Maricopa County Sheriff’s Workplace through AP)
PEORIA, Ariz. – A 25-year-old Arizona man who was driving a San Diego-area lady’s automobile is accused of fatally stabbing her after the car veered off a freeway and crashed in a Phoenix suburb, leading to a chaotic scene involving passers-by who stopped to assist.
Fernando Acosta of Phoenix obtained out of the automobile and accosted a witness with a knife earlier than repeatedly stabbing Martha Thy of Spring Valley, California, alongside the Loop 101 freeway in Peoria on Friday, based on an Arizona Division of Public Security probable-cause assertion launched Saturday.
Thy was stabbed whereas she was nonetheless contained in the white Lexus sedan after which whereas on her knees on the bottom exterior it after she crawled out and closed a door behind her, the assertion mentioned
Acosta initially was on the motive force’s seat when he started stabbing Thy, who was seated within the passenger seat, the assertion mentioned. He then obtained out of the motive force’s facet of the car, going round to the passenger’s facet and resuming stabbing Thy earlier than returning to the motive force’s facet when she tried to get away, the assertion mentioned.
Thy died at a hospital. The assertion she was stabbed or reduce at the least 20 instances.
The assertion didn’t point out a attainable motive. No extra info was obtainable, the Division of Public Security mentioned Saturday.
Acosta remained jailed Saturday on suspicion of premeditated first-degree homicide and aggravated assault. Courtroom data do not checklist an legal professional who may touch upon his behalf concerning the allegations.
A number of individuals stopped to assist the lady, the Division of Public Security mentioned.
Gustavo Munoz instructed KNXV-TV that he was among the many passers-by who stopped and jumped out of his automobile to assist. “I ran in the direction of the car, and after I obtained to the opposite facet of the ditch the person comes out with a knife. Arms stuffed with blood. (His) face, physique was crammed with blood,” Munz mentioned.
A person with a gun fired pictures on the floor to attempt to scare the attacker “to see if he would drop the knife and cease stabbing the girl that was within the car,” Munoz mentioned.
One of many passers-by ultimately tackled the suspect and knocked the knife from his fingers, and others piled on and held the person down till police arrived, Munoz mentioned.
Responding officers encountered a chaotic scene, Division of Public Security spokesman Trooper Kameron Lee mentioned. “Folks in all places, some screaming, yelling happening, so you possibly can solely think about what an officer’s feeling when he arrives on scene and all he sees are individuals working round,” Lee instructed azfamily.com .
It was tragic that the lady was killed, however authorities are grateful that none of passers-by had been injured, Lee mentioned.
Northbound lanes of the freeway had been closed within the space of the incident for a lot of Friday as Division of Public Security detectives carried out their investigation.