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Police make arrest in fatal stabbing of woman outside Broward Health Coral Springs

CORAL SPRINGS, Fla. – Police have made an arrest after a woman was fatally stabbed Tuesday morning in the parking lot of Broward Health Coral Springs.

A woman was transported from the scene at 3000 Coral Hills Drive to Broward Health North’s trauma center, but she did not survive.

The victim was identified as 26-year-old Merin Joy.

Coral Springs police say they responded to the scene just after 7:30 Tuesday morning.

Witnesses say the woman was stabbed several times, and that the person responsible had taken off.

A Local 10 News crew was at the scene as detectives scoured the area for evidence, eventually towing away a Toyota SUV.

Police believe the stabbing was part of a domestic dispute between Joy and the suspect, who police identified as 34-year-old Philip Mathew of Wixon, Michigan.

Police said they found him at a hotel in Coral Springs. He was transported to a nearby hospital after he was found with a self-inflicted knife wound.

Mathew is being charged with first degree murder.

A Toyota SUV is towed away after a stabbing occurred in the parking lot of Broward Health Coral Springs.
A Toyota SUV is towed away after a stabbing occurred in the parking lot of Broward Health Coral Springs. (WPLG)

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