PD: Victim's girlfriend leads Glendale police to stabbing suspect

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Posted at 11:53 AM, Oct 16, 2019
and last updated 2019-10-16 14:53:40-04

GLENDALE, AZ — A Valley woman led police to the man who stabbed her boyfriend earlier this month, police say.

Glendale police report that on October 9, around midnight, a man and his girlfriend were standing in the area of 63rd and Maryland avenues when a vehicle did a "burn out." The victim yelled at the car, when 39-year-old Derek Anthony Higuera, who mistakenly thought the victim was yelling at him, yelled back.

The victim reportedly told Higuera that he wasn't talking to him and for him to mind his own business. Police say Higuera crossed the street and came after the victim, striking him under the left arm before walking away.

The victim went after Higuera, before realizing that he had been stabbed. The victim's girlfriend followed Higuera and pointed him out to responding officers.

Court records show that the victim, a Marine Corps veteran, suffered a 5-inch cut that punctured his lung.

Police say surveillance video from a nearby store captured the altercation and helped to identify Higuera as the suspect. An 8-inch blade from a reciprocating saw was located in Higuera's backpack. However, police say there was no blood on it, and it is unknown if this was the weapon used in the attack.

Court records show that Higuera was released from prison this past November after serving a 5-year sentence for aggravated assault.