NEW MILFORD, Conn. (WTNH) — A double stabbing incident in New Milford on Monday lead to the death of two individuals from Danbury. Friday, New Milford Police identified the female victim as 38-year-old Julia Mercedes Minchala-Montero of Danbury. The male assailant was identified as 32-year-old Luis Mauricio Loja, also of Danbury.
Monday evening around 7 p.m. New Milford Police received a 911 call from a male witness who reported a physical altercation and stabbing on Young’s Field in New Milford.
According to the witness, Loja fled the scene on foot and entered the Housatonic River from its east bank.
When police arrived, they found Minchala-Montero suffering from multiple stab wounds. She was treated on-scene by EMS and transported the female to Danbury Hospital where she died of her injuries.
Police report an extensive search of the area was done Monday night by K-9 units and divers. At approximately 9:15 p.m., diving teams found Loja, in the Housatonic River.
Investigators say the victim and assailant knew each other and both reside in Danbury.
The Office of the Chief Medical Examiner’s autopsy for both individuals is set for Tuesday.
New Milford Police are investigating the circumstances that lead to the incident. Anyone with information is asked to call NMPD: (860) 355-3133.