Man accused of fatally stabbing girlfriend at Pompano Beach motel

Jorge Dominguez-Atencio arrested after Jessica Kowalik stabbed to death at Atlantic Inn

This is a mug shot of Jorge Dominguez-Atencio from a previous arrest.

POMPANO BEACH, Fla. – A man faces a charge of first-degree murder after he fatally stabbed his girlfriend at the Pompano Beach motel where they were staying, according to the Broward Sheriff's Office.

Jorge Dominguez-Atencio, 42, was arrested shortly after Tuesday night's stabbing at the Atlantic Inn.

BSO homicide detectives said that a motel employee heard what sounded like a fight coming from room 221 just after 10 p.m. The fight sounded bad enough that he tried to enter the room with a master key, but someone had locked the door with the deadbolt, BSO spokeswoman Dani Moschella said.

While the employee was trying to get in, Dominguez-Antencio opened the door and walked out of the room, Moschella said.

The employee called 911, but Dominguez-Antencio got away, Moschella said.

Deputies found Jessica Kowalik, 31, in the room with stab wounds. She was pronounced dead at the scene.

Dominguez-Antencio fled to a nearby home, but the residents forced him out and shut the door, Moschella said. He was taken into custody a short time later.

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