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PD: Man blames devil after stabbing family members in El Mirage

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Posted at 12:50 PM, May 02, 2017
and last updated 2017-05-02 16:45:49-04

An El Mirage man, who says he was following the devil's orders, returned to his home twice after stabbing family members, two critically.

El Mirage police report that on April 18 they were called to a home near El Mirage and Thunderbird roads where they found a man stabbed seven times.

Police say 40-year-old Efrain Arturo Ortiz Delgado, entered the home and stabbed his first victim, while saying, "the devil made me do this." A witness intervened and Delgado allegedly began to stab this person as they both fell to the floor. Delgado reportedly said, "the devil was inside him" while stabbing the second victim.

Delgado left home and fled the area in a truck only to return a couple of days later. 

Delgado, who later told police that he returned home to shower, get clothes and say goodbye, was confronted by another person who he also stabbed in the neck and abdomen, Two other family members intervened and managed to remove the knife from Delgado. He ran away again but this time was found by police in a nearby park.

Delgado allegedly asked for police to shoot him but was tazed instead and arrested, telling police that he "follows orders." Two of the three stabbing victims were critically injured. 

After being released from jail, Delgado again returned to the home on April 28 asking to come inside. Family members contacted police who again arrested Delgado for violating his release orders.

He has been charged with multiple counts of aggravated assault.