Maricopa firefighters responded Tuesday night to a fire after a man allegedly set a trailer home ablaze, then stabbed his ex-girlfriend’s parents after they fled the residence.
The parents, a 65-year-old man and a 52-year-old woman, were transported by Maricopa Fire/Medical Department to the hospital with life-threatening issues, according to the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office.
The incident occurred about 7:20 p.m. at 91st Avenue and Nahalia Road in Mobile, the sheriff’s office said. The girlfriend called 911 to report the incident, officials said.
The victims were flown by helicopter to a Valley-area trauma center, said Chris Bolinger, deputy chief of the Maricopa Fire/Medical Department.
The father, Steven Allen, was later pronounced dead from his injuries, the sheriff’s office said. The mother remains in the hospital.
David Holmes, who allegedly set the trailer on fire and stabbed the two victims after they fled the residence, was located several miles away by deputies and arrested, according to the sheriff’s office.
Holmes was charged with one count of murder in the 2nd degree – intentional, one count of aggravated assault – serious physical injury, one count of arson of occupied structure and one count of attempted murder 2nd degree – intentional, the sheriff’s office said.
The fire was extinguished without any firefighter injuries, Bolinger said.
Personnel from the Goodyear Fire Department also responded to the blaze.
Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office homicide detectives are conducting an investigation.