Woman Tries to Save Boyfriend, Stabbed in Gladstone

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GLADSTONE, Mo. -- Police confirm they have arrested a man in the fatal stabbing death of Juan Orozco-Vargas Monday night in Gladstone, but won't release the suspect's name until he is formally charged Wednesday afternoon.

Vargas died early Tuesday morning after someone stabbed him at his home near NW 64th and N. Wyandotte in Gladstone, Mo. at about 11:30 p.m. Monday night.

He was 25 years old.

His girlfriend tried to rush him to an area hospital, but realized his injuries were critical and stopped at a Kansas City fire station in the 8100 block of N. Oak Trafficway. The fire department called for police and an ambulance, however Orozco-Vargas died at the hospital.

Neighbors say they witnessed a fight between the victim and another man.

They say the victim was in his girlfriend's car when the two exchanged words with two men in another car. One of the neighbors believes one of the men was an ex-boyfriend of the man's girlfriend.

Neighbors say the new boyfriend and the ex got out of their cars and started fighting.

"It started as a fist fight, escalated to murder," said a neighbor. The woman said it was dark out and believes the victim didn't realize the other man had a knife.

Detectives say the girlfriend claimed not to know who stabbed her boyfriend.  She tells police she drove up to her boyfriend's town home right after he was stabbed and saw an unidentified suspect run away.

"I just don't understand. I am devastated. It has to stop. This violence has to stop," a neighbor said.

Neighbors tell FOX 4 that Orozco-Vargas was from Mexico City and worked as a cook at a local restaurant.

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