A woman who reportedly was angry because she wanted more attention from her married lover finally stabbed him in the chest with a broken bottle, Houston police said today.
And then, as Harold Cubides lay bleeding on the floor in an apartment he had rented for her, Grace Velancous waited 30 to 45 minutes before calling for help, investigators said.
"He may have been able to survive his wounds," said Sgt. Brian Harris of the homicide division. "We'll never know because (Velancous) waited so long to call 911."
Velancous, 31, remained in the Harris County Jail today after being charged with murder. A judge denied bail for the woman, who told detectives she is from Peru and entered this country illegally.
Police found Cubides, 37, dead about 4:30 a.m. Sunday after being called to the apartment in the 6600 block of North Gessner in northwest Houston.
The former pool-hall owner had maintained the apartment for Velancous, detectives said, but the couple quarreled during the night over her complaints that he wasn't paying enough attention to her.
During about seven hours of questioning, detectives said, Velancous gave several different accounts of the events leading to the stabbing.
At one point, they said, she denied ever having lived there and claimed that Cubides had killed himself.
She later told police the stabbing was in self-defense. Bruises were found on her arms and hands, police said.
"She said she was only trying to scare him," Harris said.
Velancous was examined at a hospital and released into police custody.
Velancous also gave investigators different names, but eventually admitted that she is in the country illegally. An immigration hold has been placed on her, meaning that immigration authorities would take her into custody if she were to gain her release from jail, police said.