Charles James Lopez

Charles James Lopez, 59, was arrested for the stabbing death of Benny Ortega, 58. 

On June 29, Glendale Police detectives located homicide suspect Charles James Lopez at a motel near 59th and Glendale avenues. 

Lopez was arrested and charged with second-degree murder.

He is accused of the June 26 stabbing death of Benny Ortega, 58. Police found Ortega near 60th Avenue and Bethany Home Road. The Glendale resident was transported to a hospital, where he died.

Witness interviews and evidence collected led police to Lopez, 59.

“Ortega and Lopez knew each other having previously been coworkers,” said Tiffany Ngaula, a Glendale Police spokeswoman.

“Lopez attacked Ortega with a knife and stabbed the victim. Lopez then fled the scene on foot.”