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Stabbing Suspect Arrested After Standoff at Pasadena Home

Published on Monday, April 12, 2021 | 7:50 am
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Police arrested a woman on suspicion of attempted murder after they say she stabbed a former boyfriend, then holed up inside a Pasadena home for about four hours early Monday, officials said.

Officers first responded at 5:36 a.m. to what was reported as a family disturbance at a home in the 600 block of North Mentor Avenue, Pasadena police Lt. Sean Dawkins said.

They encountered a man who had been stabbed in the “lower torso,” he said.

The victim was taken to a hospital, where he was in “serious but stable” condition,” Pasadena police Lt. William Grisafe said. He was expected to survive.

A woman suspected of carrying out the stabbing with a pocket knife refused to exit the home, initiating a standoff, according to Dawkins.

Officers used pepper balls to persuade the woman to surrender, police said.

Laura Margarita Castro, 34, of Pasadena was booked on suspicion of attempted murder, according to police and Los Angeles County booking records.

The suspect and victim had been a prior dating relationship, Dawkins said.

Bail was set at $1 million pending her initial appearance in L.A. County Superior Court.

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