Crime

Man stabbed Idaho girlfriend ‘out of frustration,’ deputies say

Jose Cardenas, 24, of Mexico
Jose Cardenas, 24, of Mexico

The woman told a Canyon County sheriff’s deputy that Jose E. Cardenas seized her keys and phone during a fight Saturday that led to her being stabbed multiple times.

After his arrest later that night, Cardenas admitted to deputies that he stabbed the woman “out of frustration,” according to an affidavit filed as part of his court proceedings.

Cardenas, 24, is a Mexican national and the sheriff’s office says he is in the U.S. illegally. He has apparently worked for several area dairies, investigators said.

Arraigned Monday in a Canyon County courtroom, he is charged with four felonies: battery with intent to commit a serious felony, infliction of great bodily injury, evidence destruction and grand theft. He also faces one misdemeanor charge of false imprisonment. His next scheduled court date, Sept. 2, is for a preliminary hearing, at which a judge decides if there’s enough evidence to advance a case to district court and a full trial.

Much of the information in the affidavit comes from an interview with the woman, an Idaho resident, while she was recovering at Saint Alphonsus Regional Medical Center in Boise.

She called emergency dispatchers to report the stabbing near Tucker and Upper Pleasant Ridge Roads, a few miles west of Caldwell, at around 2:15 p.m. Saturday. A deputy who responded found her covered in blood and noted at least two stab wounds on her neck and near her collar bone, about 1 to 1 1/2 inches long and 1/4-inch wide.

At the hospital, the woman said she had driven to the location to meet Cardenas, who got into her pickup and accused her of “being tough with him earlier,” according to the affidavit. Then Cardenas started demanding she give him her keys and cell phone. When she didn’t hand it over, he grabbed the hood of her shirt and took the items from her, the affidavit states.

As the struggle continued, Cardenas opened the blade of an orange-handled pocket knife and made a threatening comment — “something to the effect of ‘today is the day, you’re done,’” the affidavit states. The woman then got out of the truck, dragging along Cardenas, who was still holding on to her shirt. He reportedly began stabbing her as she attempted to fight him off.

He eventually stopped and made her sit, bleeding, under a tree, refusing to call for help, the woman told investigators. She was only able to get her phone and call 911 after a white pickup truck drove slowly by them, prompting Cardenas to flee.

About eight hours later, dispatchers got a call from a home on Ustick Road, where a resident said Cardenas came to their door and asked them to call 911 because he got in a fight with the woman and police were looking for him. Wilder police responded and took Cardenas into custody.

At the sheriff’s office, Cardenas reportedly admitted stabbing the woman and chucking the knife into a canal or ditch, according to the affidavit.

Erin Fenner: 208-377-6207, @erinfenner

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