Authorities identify man killed and woman attacked by ex-girlfriend

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LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — Metro says a man is dead after his friend’s ex-girlfriend stabbed him. Grissel Gonzaga, 29, was the person arrested for the alleged crime.

LVMPD Dispatch received a call around 5 a.m. Saturday from the victim, Travis Smith, 28, who reported that he had been stabbed in the abdomen and that his red truck was parked out in front of the residence.

Patrol officers and medical personnel arrived at the scene and found Smith suffering from an apparent puncture wound and head trauma in the 9600 block of Pine River Lane near Silverado Ranch and Pollock Drive.

The arrest report states that Alexa Incandella began speaking to the 911 dispatcher after Smith lost consciousness and stopped breathing.

Incadella described being punched in the face and stabbed in the arms and legs with a long bread knife and that Smith was stabbed with a pair of tweezers. She also told the dispatcher that she could see a shoe print in Smith’s head from the incident. During the 911 call, Smith became unconscious and stopped breathing, according to the report.

When officers arrived at the scene they found Incandella suffering from lacerations and a bloody nose. She told police the suspect, Gonzaga, had left the residence, and she didn’t know where she went.

According to the report, Gonzaga was on the phone with police reporting that she was involved in a fight at the same time Incandella was on the phone with 911 emergency dispatch reporting the stabbings. Gonzaga initially refused to give dispatch her location but said she was on foot. Minutes later, an officer located Gonzaga and took her into custody close to the crime scene.

Incandella was treated on the scene.

Smith was transported to St. Rose Sienna emergency room where he died from his injuries. The cause and manner in which Smith died will be released by the Clark County Coroner’s Office.

Once Smith was declared dead, Las Vegas Metropolitan Police patrol officers requested homicide detectives and crime scene analysts out to investigate.

The report says Gonzaga forced her way into Incandella’s home through a sliding glass door. She found the victims together in a bedroom upstairs, and police say a “struggle ensued,” and Gonzaga attacked the victims with a knife.

Metro conducted a recorded interview with Incandella, where she stated she had been in a dating relationship with Gonzaga for two years, and they lived together in the residence where the crime took place. A month prior to the incident, Gonzaga and Incadella broke up, and Gonzaga returned the keys to the house and moved to California. Incandella stated she and her three young children were the only ones who lived in the house.

According to the report, Incandella said Smith was a friend who came over to give her a ride to work, but then Smith convinced her to stay home and not go in. Hours later, she and Smith were in bed together when the crime happened. The children were in the bedroom at the time, as well.

The location and description of the knife and tweezers corroborated Incandella’s statement she provided to the 911 emergency dispatch and homicide detectives.

Gonzaga was booked for open murder, burglary and domestic battery with use of a deadly weapon.

The family of Travis Smith invites the public to leave a message in memory of his life. A GoFundMe account was set up for his funeral expenses.

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