A juvenile has been arrested for the stabbing assault of a custodian at Parker High School.
Late on Thursday night, authorities with the Colorado River Indian Tribes Police Department arrested a male juvenile subject in connection with the stabbing of Maria Salcedo. The arrest was made around 11 pm, according to Parker P.D.
It is an ongoing investigation and anyone with additional information is encouraged to contact CRIT P.D. at (928) 669-1386.
Parker Police said they wanted to thank CRIT P.D. and the La Paz County Sheriff’s Department for “their assistance and understanding in this investigation.”
He was not named by police because he is a minor.
According to Today’s News-Herald, Salcedo was attacked from behind, using information provided by the victim as translated by her son Omar:
According to Omar, who recalled and translated his Spanish-speaking mother’s account of the incident, a young man walked into a classroom where she was cleaning and told her that a teacher was asking to see her.
“My mom doesn’t speak English but she understood it, she understands more than she speaks,” said Omar, whose mother sat on the recliner across from him.
As soon as she turned her back as she exited the room, the kid attacked her, he added. She was stabbed once in the head, once in the neck and twice in the right shoulder with, as translated by her son, a kitchen knife.
“She didn’t feel knife stabs, all she felt was a strike and it started feeling really hot,” Omar said. “The reason he stopped stabbing her is because she yelled so hard otherwise he would’ve kept going…that’s why he ran away.”
Less than a minute after she was wounded, Maria called her son, who lives near the school.
“I jumped the fence and I could I see the room open where she was working at and I saw the first part of the blood right there but I didn’t see her,” said Omar.
He said he followed the trail of blood, which started near the corner of the campus and continued to the school’s flag poles. That’s where he found his mother. He was the first one to call 911.
The rest of the interview can be found HERE.