Police: Suspect in double stabbing attacked victims while they were sleeping

Irene Guzman is charged with two counts of second-degree attempted murder and one count of first-degree attempted murder.
Published: Jul. 11, 2022 at 2:45 PM HST|Updated: Jul. 12, 2022 at 9:50 AM HST
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HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - The woman accused of stabbing her ex-lover and a woman in Waipahu over the weekend went before a judge for the first time Monday morning.

Irene Guzman is charged with two counts of second-degree attempted murder and one count of first-degree attempted murder.

The 31-year-old allegedly broke into her ex-boyfriend’s home about 7:30 a.m. Saturday.

According to court documents, the victims were sleeping when she attacked them both with a knife.

Records show the couple’s two-year relationship had just ended. The victim told police he left Guzman three days before the attack.

Law enforcement sources say when Guzman saw her ex-boyfriend asleep in bed with another woman she grabbed a knife from his kitchen and stabbed him in the head and arm.

According to court documents, she also stabbed the woman multiple times when she tired to stop the attack. When officers arrived, they found two large knives that appeared to be covered in blood.

Mug shot of suspect Irene Castro Guzman.
Mug shot of suspect Irene Castro Guzman.(Honolulu Police)

“It’s a very desperate act when a person perpetrates this kind of extreme violence,” said Nanci Kreidman, head of the Domestic Violence Action Center.

She called the double stabbing unusual.

“We don’t see too many crimes where it is a female perpetrating a serious act of violence like this,” Kreidman said. “When a person resorts to that level of violence it’s a red flag for us that there’s some history somewhere.”

According to court records there are no restraining orders or reports of abuse between Guzman and the ex-boyfriend she’s accused of stabbing. However, the 31-year old has filed two domestic abuse claims against two other men ― one in 2016 and another in 2018.

The TRO request filed in 2018 is still enforced.

Guzman was captured by police in Pearl City shortly after fleeing the crime scene at the intersection of Moanalua Road and Kaahumanu Street.

She does not have a criminal record. Her bail was set at $750,000.

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