A man Chandler police say stabbed a woman to death inside her mother’s apartment, told officers it was the alcohol that made him do it.
Juan Ramon Flores-Castro, 32, an illegal immigrant from Mexico who lived in Mesa, who had previously been deported from the U.S., is being held without bond in a Maricopa County jail on suspicion of second-degree murder in connection to the death of Carmela Ginez, 44, whose body was discovered inside an apartment in the 600 block of West Ray Road on Sunday. About 11 a.m., police responded to a 911 call from a woman who said she had witnessed a man stabbing a woman in the neck after she woke up to the sounds of choking and saw blood on the couch as Ginez held her neck seconds before she collapsed on the floor, according to a Chandler police report.
As details of Ginez’s death emerged on Monday, it was learned that Flores-Castro had been drinking at a bar in Mesa with a group that included Ginez and other women moments before he took Ginez to a friend’s apartment, the report said. He later drove Ginez to her mother’s house for a visit. Then, as the two were cuddling on the couch, she “insulted” Flores-Castro, according to the report. The insults, coupled with the alcohol, caused Flores-Castro to pull a knife from his right pocket in what he said was an attempt to scare Ginez, the report stated.
Flores-Castro was sitting on the couch holding a knife and he told the witness “that everything was OK” and left before going to the El Coyote Bar in Chandler, where police apprehended him after he tried to run, police said.
Inside the apartment, officers later discovered on a kitchen table a bloody knife believed to be the murder weapon in what is Chandler’s third murder of the year.
Flores-Castro also has been in trouble with the law in the past.
In 2007, he was arrested on drug-related and misconduct charges involving weapons offenses. However, the misconduct involving weapons and a drug violation charge were dismissed when Flores-Castro pleaded guilty to one count of a drug violation, according to Maricopa County Superior Court documents.
Arizona Department of Corrections records show that in 2004, Flores-Castro was sentenced to five years in prison for a drug violation conviction that stemmed from a 2002 offense and two and a half years for a misconduct involving a weapons offense committed in 2004. But he was permitted to serve the sentences concurrently, according to Arizona Department of Corrections records.
Flores-Castro was released from prison in June 2008, according to prison records.
Flores-Castro was previously removed from the United States and returned to Mexico on Jan. 17, 2008 following his release from prison on a prior aggravated felony drug trafficking conviction, according to Immigration and Customs enforcement.