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PD: Mesa man repeatedly stabs ex-girlfriend over stimulus money

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Posted at 11:38 AM, Jul 13, 2020
and last updated 2020-07-13 14:44:22-04

MESA, AZ — A Valley man was jailed after reportedly stabbing his ex-girlfriend and threatening to kill her over stimulus check money.

Official police documents show that Richard Lee Gregg approached a woman, later identified as his ex-girlfriend, in Mesa’s Pioneer Park on Friday.

A police officer had been watching a live camera feed of the area and immediately dispatched officers to the area after seeing the man repeatedly hit the woman. Responding officers discovered the woman had been stabbed multiple times.

Witnesses directed officers to a man who was walking nearby in a parking lot who had blood on his shoes. He reportedly told officers he stabbed his ex-girlfriend; an 11-inch kitchen knife was still in his possession.

Documents say Gregg was upset about their recent breakup and that he was supposed to get a stimulus check, but the victim locked him out of the bank account. He said he intended to kill the victim and had no remorse for his actions.

Police say the victim was taken to the hospital and had surgery for seven stab wounds to the upper torso. Her current condition is not known.

He was booked into jail on one count of attempted first-degree murder.