Police are looking for Isabella Guzman, 18, for stabbing her mother Yun Mi Hoy, to death
AURORA —An 18-year-old woman suspected of stabbing and killing her mother late Wednesday spit on her mother's face the night before the murder, the suspect's father said Thursday. "They were getting into fights all the time," Robert Guzman, the father of Isabella Guzman, said of his daughter and her mother.
Robert Guzman said police came to his home late Wednesday night and told him that his ex-wife, Yun Mi Hoy, had been killed. Robert Guzman said his ex-wife called the night before the stabbing and said she and her daughter had gotten into a bad fight. Police are looking for Isabella Guzman. She's about 5-feet 6-inches tall and 130 pounds with black hair and brown eyes.
"It's heartbreaking," Robert Guzman Police were called about 10 p.m. to the home in the 2600 block of South Lima Street on a family disturbance, according to an Aurora Police Department media release. When officers arrived, a man at the front door told them a woman was upstairs in need of help. Officers found the victim in what police described as "grave condition." Emergency medical responders arrived a short time later and the woman was pronounced dead at the scene. Police did not release her identity.
The victim appeared to have at least one stab wound, said Frank Fania, a police spokesman who was at the scene. He described the incident as "gruesome." Guzman is considered armed and dangerous, police said. Robert Guzman said his ex-wife owned Bella's Portrait Studio at the Town Center at Aurora, and often worked long, 12-hour days. His daughter sometimes worked at her mother's studio, he said. "She was really a hard-working woman," he said of his ex-wife. "She tried really, really hard for her family but Isabella didn't appreciate anything she did for her."
Isabella Guzman attended Overland High School but dropped out, her father said. Robert Guzman said his daughter might be hiding out with friends because she didn't have a car or much money. "She has to be with some friends," he said. Julie Armstrong, a neighbor who lives across the street, said police were at the home, a tri-level single-family residence with a two-car garage, earlier Wednesday. On Wednesday afternoon police parked down the block from the home, walked to the front door and knocked, Armstrong said.
Police entered the home and Guzman's stepfather came out front and paced for a while. The police left a short time later. "There have been issues there," Armstrong said. Still, Armstrong described the incident as "very shocking." Anyone who believes they have spotted Guzman, or who has information on her whereabouts, is asked to call 911 or Det. Mark Yacano at 303 739-6090.
Tips can also be left with Crime Stoppers at 720 913-STOP (7867). Tipsters could earn a reward of up to $2,000.
AURORA, Colo. - Isabella Guzman, an 18 year old wanted in connection with the killing of an Aurora woman Wednesday night, showed up for work at the Town Center at Aurora mall Thursday morning and then fled after realizing police might be nearby, a witness told 7NEWS. Guzman works at Bella's Portrait Studios at Town Center, formerly the Aurora Mall, at 14200 E. Alameda Ave.
An employee at a neighboring mall business told 7NEWS reporter Lindsey Sablan that Guzman showed up at the photography studio to open the doors Thursday morning, but soon left after realizing police might show up. In the killing, someone called 911 to report a "family disturbance" in the 2600 block of South Lima Street just after 10 p.m., the Aurora Police Department said. That is near East Yale Avenue and South Parker Road. When officers arrived they found a woman in "grave condition," investigators said. Medical personnel arrived a short time later but couldn't save her.
"It appears that she had at least one stab wound of some sort, but until the coroner looks at the body, examines the body and makes that official ruling, there's no way to tell for sure," Aurora Police Officer Frank Fania told 7NEWS. "It's hard because I think it was somewhat of a pretty gruesome scene," Fania said. "Anytime you have that it is hard for the officers on scene to see where the wounds are and what they may be."
Guzman left the house before police arrived and officers set up a perimeter around the area to search for her. Police sent out an emergency notification to neighbors within a mile-and-a-half radius of S. Lima and South Jamaica Street to tell them to stay in their homes. A Denver Police Department helicopter was also up, circling the area just before midnight Wednesday. Guzman is described as 05’06” tall, about 130 pounds, with black hair and brown eyes. She should be considered armed and dangerous.
Aurora Police are asking anyone who has information on the whereabouts of Guzman to please call 911 immediately. Also, anyone who may have witnessed this incident or has any information on this case please call Detective Mark Yacano at (303)739-6090. You can also provide information on this case and remain anonymous by calling CRIME STOPPERS at 720-913-STOP (7867). You may be eligible to earn a reward of up to $2,000.
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