Modesto man suspected of fatally stabbing his wife

08/28/2013 4:11 PM

08/28/2013 9:51 PM

A Modesto man was arrested early Wednesday morning on suspicion of stabbing his wife to death in their airport neighborhood home while their children were in another room.

Stanislaus County sheriff's deputies were dispatched to the 200 block of Santa Ana Avenue about 12:40 a.m. when a man called 911 to report his brother was attacking his sister-in-law, according to Sgt. Brandon Kiely.

When deputies arrived at the home, a 30-year-old woman, whose name has not been released by authorities, was found dead. Kiely said she appeared to have been stabbed.

The couple's children, a 9-year-old boy and 5-year-old girl, were in the home but in a different room and did not witness the attack.

They are now in the custody of Child Protective Services.

The suspect, 32-year-old Jose Fajardo, was taken into custody at the scene after voluntarily coming out of his home, Kiely said.

He was arrested on suspicion of murder and is being held at the downtown men's jail on no bail.

Family friends waited in front of the couple's house Wednesday afternoon to keep an eye on it while family met with CPS to determine what should happen to the children.

Neighbor Michael Chavez, who has been friends with the couple for at least six years, said he and the entire neighborhood were shocked by the news. He said by all outward appearances, the couple were happy.

Chavez said he didn't hear any disturbance but was alerted to the crime when lights from the deputies' patrol car flashed through his windows.

He said he went outside and saw Fajardo sitting handcuffed on the curb in front of his house.

Anyone with information about this homicide is asked to call Detective Greg Buck at (209) 525-7103 or Crime Stoppers at (209) 521-4636. Tipsters can email tips at

Bee staff writer Erin Tracy can be reached at or (209) 578-2366. Follow her on Twitter @ModestoBeeCrime.

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