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Man accused of stabbing, killing former co-worker in Glendale

Police say it happened last Friday near 60th Avenue and Bethany Home Road.
Credit: Glendale Police Department
Charles Lopez

GLENDALE, Ariz. — A man was arrested and is accused of stabbing and killing a former co-worker in Glendale.

Police say it happened last Friday near 60th Avenue and Bethany Home Road. 

When officers arrived, they found the victim, 58-year-old Benny Ortega, suffering from stab wounds and rushed him to the hospital. 

Ortega died shortly after arriving.

Credit: Glendale Police Department
Benny Ortega

After interviewing witnesses, police identified Charles Lopez, 59, as the suspect. Police say the two knew each other and were former co-workers.

Police found Lopez at a motel and arrested him.

The circumstances leading up to the stabbing are still under investigation.

Lopez is booked in jail for second-degree murder.

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