Mesa Police: Pregnant woman stabbed to death by husband; husband arrested for homicide

- UPDATE: Mesa Police have identified the victim as 28-year-old Viridiana Gonzalez-Saavedra. The suspect has also been identified as her husband, 25-year-old Gustavo Alejandro Ruiz Lamar.

Police say the 911 call originated at 4:35 p.m. from a crying child. The child was later determined to be the 10-year-old daughter of the victim.

She indicated t hat her mother and father were fighting and she needed assistance.

When officers arrived, the girl was called out of the residence and she said her mother had been injured inside.

Officers entered the home and found the victim dead on the floor. The victim had been stabbed an unknown number of times.

Two additional children, ages one and two, were found crying in a separate room. All of the children were unharmed and DCS was contacted.

While on scene, officers received a call from Phoenix PD because a male subject had called to turn himself in.

Later in the investigation, detectives learned that the victim was three months pregnant.

Due to the unborn child, Lamar was booked for two counts of second degree homicide.


Mesa Police detectives are at the scene of a murder investigation, according to officials.

In a brief statement released early Friday evening, officials said detectives are at the 30 block of E. Brown, investigating the incident.

According to another statement released by Mesa Police, police received a disturbance call at around 5:00 p.m.. When police arrived, they found a woman inside a home there, who was declared dead at the scene.

The case, according to officials late Friday night, appears to be Domestic Violence-related. Three children below the age of 12 were found inside, and were removed to a safe location.

The suspect, according to police, was located in Phoenix, and detained for interviews. Police did not release the suspect's identity, but did say they do not believe there are any additional suspects outstanding at this time.

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