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Update: 'Person of interest' apprehended, charged in stabbing of two Nampa women

Paula Gaitan
Paula Gaitan Provided by Nampa Police Department

The Nampa Police Department's Greater Idaho Fugitive Task Force located Paula Gaitan, 37, at a Nampa residence. She was taken into custody without incident at 4:12 p.m. Monday.

Gaitan was originally called a person of interest in the case. She has been booked into the Canyon County jail on two counts of aggravated battery.

The two women who were attacked know each other but are not close, Nampa police said in a news release Monday evening. So far, it doesn't seem to be gang- or drug-related, police said, but the case is still under investigation.

The public can offer more information by calling the Nampa police at 208-465-2257 or the anonymous Crime Stoppers tip line at 208-343-COPS and at 343COPS.com.

The Statesman's original story follows:

The Nampa Police Department is searching for a person of interest in connection with a stabbing that left two women seriously injured Sunday night, according to a police press release.

Shortly before 8 p.m., an 18-year-old woman and a 25-year-old woman arrived at a Nampa hospital with serious stab wounds. Police later concluded the stabbing occurred in the 400 block of 1st Street North.

Now NPD is asking for the public's help in locating Paula Gaitan, a 37-year-old Nampa woman who is a person of interest in the case. Anyone with information on her whereabouts is asked to contact Nampa Police at 208-465-2257 or via Crime Stoppers at 343-COPS or 343cops.com.

It wasn't immediately clear what Gaitan's connection was to the case or the victims, who were not identified. The victims' conditions were not available Monday morning.

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