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Suspect arrested in stabbing deaths of 2 children, adult near 19th and Glendale avenues

Posted at 2:12 PM, Jun 28, 2020
and last updated 2020-07-08 15:55:19-04

PHOENIX — Phoenix police have made an arrest in connection to last month's stabbing death of two children and a woman near 19th and Glendale Avenues.

On July 7, 28-year-old Mulu Yeman-Merach was released from the hospital and arrested by Phoenix police officers. He was booked into the Maricopa County Jail and is facing three counts of first degree murder.

Phoenix police say on June 29, 7-year-old Meadn Meles-Hebtom, 9-year-old Arsema Kidane, and 18-year-old Abraha Danait were found stabbed to death inside of an apartment. A man, now identified as Yeman-Merach, was also found inside with a stab wound and taken to a hospital in critical condition.

Officials say they received a call of unknown trouble, possibly a stabbing, around 9 a.m. Someone had entered the apartment soon after the stabbing and found the four victims, prompting them to call officers to the scene.

The two children are believed to be siblings, and the 18-year-old woman and 28-year-old man are believed to be family members.