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Woman charged with murder after stabbing boyfriend to death

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Posted at 11:44 AM, Nov 14, 2020
and last updated 2020-11-14 20:33:30-05

SALT LAKE CITY — A woman is in police custody after they say she stabbed her boyfriend to death with a steak knife.

Authorities were dispatched to the Covey Apartments in downtown Salt Lake City on a report of a domestic violence situation just before 6:00 p.m. Friday night.

Arriving officers reported seeing a male and female matching the descriptions of the residents in the lobby of the apartment complex.

The unnamed male victim was bleeding from his chest. He was transported to a local hospital with what appeared to be stab wounds, and later passed away as a result of those wounds.

The victim’s girlfriend, 22-year-old Fernanda Tobar was transported to the SLCPD Public Safety Building to be interviewed by detectives.

After agreeing to speak with police, Tobar reportedly admitted to “hitting” the victim with the knife at least two times after a fight between the two, which included the unnamed man pushing Tobar in her chest while she was up against the counter. After he let her go, Tobar began throwing objects out the window of the apartment. Detectives located items matching what Tobar described in the courtyard of the apartment complex.

The man then started to walk toward the apartment door to leave. Tobar then allegedly began to hit him on his chest and back before picking up a sharp object — later identified by detectives as a steak knife — and began “hitting” him with it.

Tobar said once she realized the victim was bleeding, she asked if he wanted an ambulance. The two then took the elevator to the first floor of the apartment complex, where the victim collapsed.

A family member of Tobar's told FOX 13 that the man had a history of violence, abuse and manipulation, of which she was a victim. They also said Tobar "NEVER intended on killing him."

Tobar has been charged with murder, a first degree felony, and is in custody at the Salt Lake County Jail.