Woman wanted in Nampa stabbing murder apprehended

Ashley Ford
Ashley Ford

A woman wanted as an accessory in the stabbing death of Robert Stevens was apprehended Tuesday in Las Vegas after police officers went to assist a woman who was injured.

The woman, identified as 27-year-old Ashley Ford of Nampa was taken to a local hospital for treatment of minor injuries. Police later took her into custody on a warrant from Nampa.

Ford reportedly was present when Stevens, 37, was stabbed in the abdomen during an argument outside a home on West Kinghorn Drive on March 10. Stevems died the following day.

Police said Ford left the scene with stabbing suspect James Mancuso, 32, who remains at large and who was also spotted in Las Vegas on Tuesday.

Initially, Ford was listed as a person of interest in the case, as a witness. A warrant was issued for her arrest after she was seen with Mancuso in late March in North Idaho’s Bonner County.

Ford is being held in the Clark County Detention Center in Las Vegas. She is scheduled to appear before a judge Saturday for a fugitive hearing.

She could voluntarily agree to return to Idaho or Idaho authorities could seek an extradition order from Nevada Gov. Brian Sandoval.

Nampa police detectives traveled to Las Vegas to speak with Ford about Stevens’ death.

Nampa Sgt. Tim Riha thanked Las Vegas police for their role in capturing Ford.

“We hope that by finding her that it will speed up the (capture) of James Mancuso,” Riha said in a written release.

Police said Mancuso, who is charged with second-degree murder, may have grown a goatee and that he typically wears eyeglasses.

He may be driving a gray or silver GMC 4-wheel-drive pickup, Riha said. He did not have any further details on the truck model or license plate.

John Sowell: 208-377-6423, @IDS_Sowell