Murder suspect may have discarded knife, purse on highway after stabbing

kterhune@idahostatesman.comOctober 15, 2013 

— A Nampa murder suspect told officers she killed her boyfriend because she believed he was involved with another woman, according to the probable cause affadavit filed in her case.

Susana Quijano, 34, is accused of stabbing Santiago Gamino — also known as Santiago Delgado Pineda — once in the chest Saturday night before leaving his home in Nampa.

Gamino’s roommate called 911, telling dispatchers that the man had been stabbed, although he said he did not see who had attacked Gamino. But Gamino’s neighbors told officers that saw Quijano, who previously lived with Gamino, leaving the home in a green truck.

Officers found her in Caldwell the next day. She admitted to police that she had stabbed Gamino because she suspected he was seeing an Ontario woman, according to the affadavit. During the interview, Quijano allegedly said she was tired of the victim “messing with her,” and described how she had gotten a knife out of her purse while her back was to Gamino.

Quijano said she stabbed him, put the knife back into her purse and fled the house as Gamino’s roommate slept on the couch. Police said she threw the knife and the bloodied purse out the window of her truck as she drove away on the interstate.

The couple had a history of domestic violence. A judge granted Quijano a civil protection order in July, after the pair had lived together for two years. But she told officers after her arrest that Gamino did not hurt or threaten her in any way the night she stabbed him, the affadavit states.

Quijano said she was planning to turn herself in, and had been walking to the Canyon County Sheriff’s Office when police found and arrested her. She has been charged with second-degree murder and destruction of evidence.

At an arraignment Tuesday, Judge Dan Grober ordered her held on $1 million bond. She is scheduled for a preliminary hearing Oct. 29.

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