Mesa police allege that a 27-year-old woman booked Tuesday on suspicion of second-degree murder repeatedly stabbed a man in an apartment Nov. 15.
Investigators got a break in the case when a friend of Sindy Nohemi Ventura told them how Ventura described the stabbing, including details on how she twisted the knife so the victim would bleed internally and spill less blood, according to court documents.
“Ventura told her friend she learned how to stab this way while growing up in El Salvador and being a member of MS-13,” a detective wrote in the document.
MS-13, or Mara Salvatrucha, is a notorious Salvadoran gang.
According to the court document, at 9:11 p.m. an anonymous caller at a payphone reported a dead body was inside a unit at the Verandas Apartments, 1415 N. Country Club Drive.
No one answered the locked apartment door, so officers climbed through an open bedroom window and found Vicente Villegas Guarneros lying on the floor and covered with a blanket.
Ventura was asleep on the living room couch.
“This female made the spontaneous statements to the officers, ‘I didn’t kill anyone, I did bad, but I’m not bad. I didn’t kill anyone,’” a detective wrote.
Ventura made the statements before officers told her there was a dead body in the next room.
She invoked her right to remain silent.
Cops found a bloody 12-inch kitchen knife inside a plastic box by the front door.
An autopsy found Villegas had multiple stab wounds in the abdomen and the wounds were consistent with a knife being twisted.
Ventura’s friend told investigators Ventura called her shortly before 9 p.m. and told her she had just killed someone and she wanted to be picked up.
Ventura told the friend she had gone to a casino with the man she killed.
Ventura, a suspected illegal immigrant, is being held in county jail without bail.