MARICOPA — A Maricopa woman was stabbed to death Saturday night and local police have arrested her husband as the prime suspect in her killing.
Maricopa police officers took 45-year-old Miguel Figueroa into custody just hours after the stabbing of 43-year-old Olivia Figueroa.
Police have charged Figueroa with first-degree murder, aggravated assault and misconduct involving weapons.
The domestic violence incident that turned deadly began just before 7 p.m. Saturday. Maricopa Police Department received two separate phone calls from witnesses that claimed they saw a Dodge pickup truck driving erratically in the Maricopa Meadows subdivision. Allegedly, witnesses claim they saw a “Hispanic man beating a long-haired Hispanic woman” and that she was in the bed of the truck screaming for help.
Thirty minutes later, in the 19000 block of North Loma Drive, different witnesses reported seeing a man forcing a woman into a vehicle at gunpoint.
Figueroa’s son called authorities at 7:20 p.m. and stated that Miguel had assaulted him and pointed a gun at his mother while they were sitting in the vehicle.
Figueroa’s daughter also called police after receiving a phone call from her father at about 8 p.m. in which she claimed Figueroa confessed to killing Olivia and leaving her in the desert.
Thanks to information from Figueroa’s daughter, officers located Figueroa in the area of John Wayne Parkway and Maricopa-Casa Grande Highway, where he was standing outside a residence covered in blood and holding a sword in his hand.
Responding officers said Figueroa was yelling “kill me, kill me” and “I killed her in the desert.”
Figueroa also allegedly called his mother and confessed to the killing, according to city police reports.
Authorities found Olivia’s body in the area of Garvey Avenue and Roosevelt Avenue. She had wounds consistent with evidence and statements made by Figueroa. She had multiple stab wounds on her chest and arms.
Olivia’s body was discovered about 150 feet away from the Dodge truck, which had blood throughout the bed and on the exterior of the vehicle, reports showed.
“Our thoughts and prayers go out to those that are affected by this tragic event that led to the loss of their loved one,” MPD Chief Steve Stahl said in a released statement. “Domestic violence is a continuing cause for concern within the city of Maricopa as well as throughout the country, which will take everyone’s awareness and assistance to eliminate.
“The Maricopa Police Department continues to provide training, resources and partnerships to our officers and victims assistance personnel in the on-going effort to end domestic violence crimes and break the cycle of violence,” the statement continued. “I commend the first responding officers in their courage and restraint while taking Mr. Figueroa into custody without further loss of life.”
The MPD Criminal Investigation Unit responded and took over the case. The Pinal County Medical Examiner’s Office will determine the official cause of death.
Officers booked Figueroa into the Pinal County jail and he remains in custody on a $750,000 secured bond.
According to court records, Figueroa had a lengthy criminal history and had been in custody as recently as two weeks ago on domestic violence assault charges that are still pending in Maricopa City Court. Figueroa pleaded guilty last summer to drug possession charges and had pleaded to a similar charge in a different case the year before that.