Santa Rosa man accused in common-law wife’s stabbing

SANTA ROSA — A woman is recovering from several stab wounds police say were dealt by her common-law husband of 17 years.

Francisco Hinojosa Jr., 34, was covered in the victim’s blood when he was arrested Wednesday morning, shortly after the stabbing, police said.

Police Chief Ronnie Hernandez received a call from Cameron County dispatch alerting him to the disturbance around 8:30 a.m.

When he approached the apartment, he heard footsteps and yelling.

After opening the door to the apartment, he said he saw Hinojosa walk toward him. He was covered in blood, Hernandez said.

That prompted Hernandez to pull his gun. Hinojosa was immediately arrested.

Hernandez and other law enforcement officers made their way to the back bedroom where they found the victim, a woman with 17 stab wounds to her neck and arm.

Hernandez said he quickly applied pressure to the wounds to stop the bleeding.

At that time, she told police that Hinojosa stabbed her after they argued. She made the call to 911.

She told officers the argument started after she told Hinojosa she no longer wanted to be with him. Police said Hinojosa became aggressive and began to stab her with a kitchen knife.

Together the couple have four children, Hernandez said. The children were not there at the time of the stabbing and are currently in the custody of Child Protective Services.

The woman was transported to the hospital, where she is currently in stable condition.

Hinojosa was charged with second-degree felony aggravated assault with a deadly weapon. His bond was set at $500,000.

Hernandez said Hinojosa does not have a criminal record.

He is currently being held at the Cameron County Jail.