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Roberto Santistevan busted in fatal stabbing of Crystal Crespin on S. Eliot (17)

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Update: The Denver coroner's office has now identified the woman killed in an incident at 1080 South Eliot: Crystal Crespin, 32. The cause of death: a stab wound to the thorax.

Roberto Santistevan has been arrested in the case. Look below to see our earlier coverage.

Update, 9:10 a.m. August 9: Late Sunday, a woman was stabbed to death at 1080 South Eliot -- the fifth homicide of the weekend in the Denver-Boulder area, shockingly enough.

Now we know -- and can see, an extremely vivid mug shot -- the man Denver Police have arrested for the crime: Robert Santistevan.

Yesterday, Denver Police Department spokesman Sonny Jackson noted that the DPD received a call about a domestic disturbance at the address. But the department subsequently revealed that the callers did more than simply alert the authorities. Neighbors went to the scene, where they discovered the thus-far unidentified victim and held Santistevan until cops could arrive.

Shortly thereafter, he was arrested for investigation of first-degree murder.

Below, see a larger version of Santistevan's booking photo, followed by our earlier coverage.

Original item, 3:15 p.m. August 8: And at last, the final weekend suicide in the Denver-Boulder area.

First, there was ten-month-old Adam Gonzales. Then David Hubbard, followed by Byron Parker and the Longmont three-year-old presumably slain in a murder-suicide. And finally, late Sunday, the stabbing of a thus-far unnamed woman, for which a man is in custody.

"We had a very busy weekend," says Denver Police Department spokesman Sonny Jackson, considerably understating the situation.

At about 10 p.m. last night, Jackson says, "we got a call that there was a domestic going on" at 1080 South Eliot Street. "We responded there and found a woman suffering from stab wounds. She was taken to the hospital, where she was pronounced dead."

At this writing, the Denver coroner's office hasn't finalized a cause of death. Meanwhile, Jackson notes that "we have one male party in custody. He was arrested at the scene."

IDs should be forthcoming. Meanwhile, look below to see an interactive graphic showing the area near the scene. If you have problems seeing the image, click "View Larger Map."

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More from our Mile High Murder archive: "Lisa Norton, hit & swim driver, charged with 1st degree murder in Gabriel Nielsen crash (8)."

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