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Neighbors react to deadly stabbing in quiet Bozeman neighborhood

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Posted at 6:16 PM, Jul 07, 2022
and last updated 2022-07-08 11:31:03-04

Cameron Learn recently moved to what she describes as a quiet Bozeman neighborhood. But around 12:40 a.m. on Thursday, July 7, she says she woke up to the sound of screams.

“I was woken up to screaming outside and the screaming lasted one to two minutes roughly,” Learn said. “Something like that, in this neighborhood, is very unusual. Usually it’s a very quiet neighborhood.”

According to charging documents, a 911 call was received initially at 12:49 a.m., but the caller hung up. Another 911 call was received at 12:51 from the same number, with the caller stating a man had stabbed himself in the chest.

Patrol officers responded and found a man with multiple stab wounds to his chest and another man attempting CPR on the victim. A woman was also at the residence on Brenden Street in Bozeman. The residence is located west of Ferguson, between Durston and Babcock streets.

Another neighbor, Deborah Kyle, noted that she woke up to the sound of sirens that seemed to grow louder and louder.

“I heard sirens and then I thought, man, that sounds like it’s happening right outside my house,” Kyle said.

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A folding DeWalt knife was reportedly recovered by officers near the victim. The man, identified as Francisco Padilla-Canales, 41, and the woman at the scene were taken to the Gallatin County Law and Justice Center to be interviewed by detectives.

The woman stated that she was romantically involved with the victim and married to Padilla-Canales.

She reportedly told detectives she was employed as a house cleaner and had been cleaning the vacation rental and allowing the victim to stay at the rental where the alleged crime took place.

The woman also told detectives that a few days prior to the homicide, the victim had found a GPS tracking device on her vehicle, which she suspected Padilla-Canales of placing there.

According to charging documents, the woman told detectives that she and the victim were in a bedroom watching TV early in the morning of July 7 when Padilla-Canales entered the bedroom, confronted the two, and reportedly made a punching motion toward the victim’s upper torso. The woman ran out of the room in fear, but Padilla-Canales reportedly caught her and brandished a firearm. The woman told detectives she was in fear for her safety and was afraid she would be killed.

When detectives interviewed Padilla-Canales, the man reportedly admitted to placing the GPS tracker on the woman’s vehicle. He also reportedly admitted to entering the house through the back door and stabbing the victim with a DeWalt folding knife in the chest. He stated he decided to tell law enforcement the victim had attempted suicide, placing the knife near the victim.

The homeowners were notified and told detectives the house was a vacation rental but the house was not currently being rented and no one should be in the house, as the next booking wasn’t until later in the week.

Padilla-Canales is charged with deliberate homicide, aggravated kidnapping, aggravated burglary, tampering with witness/informant, and tampering with or fabricating physical evidence. His bail is set at $1 million and he will be seen next at District Court on July 22.