Village of Oak Creek stabbing suspect in custody
An apparent fight led to a stabbing early Saturday morning in the Village of Oak Creek, the Yavapai County Sheriff's Office reported Monday.
At approximately 1 a.m. Saturday morning, YCSO deputies were called to a residence on Catclaw Lane by a woman reporting that her 23-year-old husband just arrived home and had been stabbed. Deputies saw a trail of blood leading into the home and found the victim on the floor in a bedroom. The victim had been stabbed at least three times in the upper body and was having difficulty breathing. EMS personnel arrived and treated the victim who was eventually airlifted for further medical treatment.
Witnesses to the fight directed deputies to Ocotillo Street where additional witnesses provided leads as to the suspect's identity. After checking several homes in the neighborhood, deputies found 19-year-old Nicholas Pinuelas in a home on Beaver Street. Pinuelas told deputies the victim struck him first and he (Pinuelas) defended himself. After initially denying possession of a knife, Pinuelas allegedly admitted stabbing the victim, claiming he used a knife that was dropped by the victim, according to investigators.
Pinuelas did not require medical attention and had no significant visible injuries. YCSO detectives arrived to assist with the investigation.
At the conclusion of the investigation, Pinuelas was arrested for charges including aggravated assault with a deadly weapon and aggravated assault causing serious injury. He was booked at the Yavapai County Jail in Camp Verde and remains in custody on a $75,000 bond.
Initial reports do not indicate a clear motive for the altercation. The victim's medical condition is unknown at this time.