Woman who stabbed husband & slashed his throat arrested

REDDING — A Redding woman was arrested Sunday evening, May 19, after she called 911 to report she had just stabbed her estranged husband who had been visiting her. Officers later discovered the victim had been stabbed multiple times, “including a significant slashing type wound to his neck,” according to officials who investigated the attempted murder.


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Redding police officers responded to 1259 Market St. around 5:25 p.m. after a woman, later identified as 25-year-old Sandi Garfias-Franco called 911 to report that she had just stabbed her husband, Redding Police Sergeant Todd Cogle later reported.

When officers arrived they found a male victim wearing only a t-shirt who had been stabbed and slashed multiple times. The victim, who has not been publicly identified, was rushed to an area hospital to be treated for his injuries.

Officers found Garfias-Franco inside a nearby apartment, where she was detained for questioning in the knife attack.

“Investigators learned that Garfias-Franco and the victim were married but had been experiencing troubles with their relationship,” Cogle explained after the incident. “The victim was visiting Garfias-Franco’s apartment when an argument broke out.”

At some point during the heated exchange, Garfias-Franco “without warning” pulled out a folding knife and began stabbing the victim in the back “and slashed his throat,” according to Cogle.

After being stabbed and slashed repeatedly, the bloody victim managed to flee Garfias-Franco’s apartment wearing nothing but his t-shirt, and he was assisted by nearby citizens.

Sandi Garfias-Franco, 25, was arrested after she admitted repeatedly stabbing and slashing her husband Sunday night. Redding PD photo

During questioning, Garfias-Franco provided investigators with “inconsistent statements regarding what led to the stabbing,” according to Cogle, who said officers ultimately arrested the woman for attempted murder. She was later booked into Shasta County Jail.

Redding PD’s investigation is ongoing and officials have asked that anyone with information about this investigation contact Redding PD at 530-225-4200. Callers can refer to incident file number 19R031624 and can remain anonymous.

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Trevor Montgomery, 47, moved last year to the Intermountain area of Shasta County from Riverside County and runs Riverside County News Source and Shasta County News Source. Additionally, he writes for several other news organizations; including Riverside County based newspapers, Valley News, The Valley Chronicle, and Anza Valley Outlook; as well as Bonsall/Fallbrook Village News in San Diego County and Mountain Echo in Shasta County.

Trevor spent 10 years in the U.S. Army as an Orthopedic Specialist before joining the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department in 1998. He was medically retired after losing his leg, breaking his back, and suffering both spinal cord and brain injuries in an off-duty accident. (Click here to see segment of Discovery Channel documentary of Trevor’s accident.)

During his time with the sheriff’s department, Trevor worked at several different stations; including Robert Presley Detention Center, Southwest Station in Temecula, Hemet/Valle Vista Station, Ben Clark Public Safety Training Center, and Lake Elsinore Station; along with other locations.

Trevor’s assignments included Corrections, Patrol, DUI Enforcement, Boat and Personal Water-Craft based Lake Patrol, Off-Road Vehicle Enforcement, Problem Oriented Policing Team, and Personnel/Background Investigations. He finished his career while working as a Sex Crimes and Child Abuse Investigator and was a court-designated expert in child abuse and child sex-related crimes.

Trevor has been married for more than 28 years and was a foster parent to more than 60 children over 13 years. He is now an adoptive parent and his “fluid family” includes 13 children and 15 – but soon to be 16 – grandchildren.


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