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Man charged in stabbing death of 40-year-old woman

Denver Police said the 24-year-old man is being held on suspicion of first-degree murder.

DENVER — A 24-year-old man has been charged with first-degree murder in relation to a stabbing that left a 40-year-old woman dead on Friday, July 3, Denver District Attorney Beth McCann announced Thursday.

Jose Maria Sandoval-Romero was arrested Tuesday, July 7 in Colorado Springs.

Police said the murder took place in the 1500 bock of Oneida Street near the intersection with East Colfax Avenue. The Denver Office of the Medical Examiner later identified the victim as Ariana Wolk, who was pronounced dead on-scene shortly after 5:45 a.m.

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Responding officers found Wolk in a pool of blood in her bed, having suffered sharp force injuries to her neck, according to the DA. 

The DA said detectives located video from the night of the murder showing Wolk with Sandoval-Romero, who is seen holding a clear cup with pink liquid. The cup was found in Wolk’s yard and fingerprints allegedly tied it back to Jose Sandoval-Romero, according to the DA. 

During his interview with law enforcement, Sandoval-Romero admitted that he had stabbed Wolk, left the scene and discarded his bloody clothes before fleeing to Colorado Springs, the DA said.

Police said Sandoval-Romero's booking photo is currently not available due to the ongoing investigation. 

Sandoval-Romero is scheduled for a court hearing Friday, July 17 at 8:30 a.m.

Metro Denver Crime Stoppers

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From there, an awards committee reviews the information provided and, if the information leads to an arrest, the tipster will be notified. Rewards can be collected using the code numbers received when the tip was originally submitted. 

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