Man accused of stabbing girlfriend to death charged with murder

Anthony Kirincic

REDWOOD CITY (BCN) — A man was charged with murder today for allegedly stabbing his girlfriend to death inside her San Mateo home on Saturday, San Mateo County District Attorney Steve Wagstaffe said.

Anthony Kirincic, 22, appeared in court this afternoon and was assigned an attorney. He remains in jail on no bail and was ordered to return to court on Dec. 8 to enter a plea to the murder charge and the allegation that he used a knife in the crime, Wagstaffe said.

Kirincic was arrested in a SWAT raid on a relative’s Redwood City home on Monday evening after investigators spent days searching for him, police said.

He is accused of stabbing his girlfriend, 34-year-old Colleen Elizabeth Straw, to death inside her home in the 1500 block of South B Street in San Mateo, according to police.

Straw, a graphic designer who graduated from San Francisco State University in 2009, was found suffering stab wounds at about noon Saturday. Despite life-saving measures, she was pronounced dead there.

Kirincic was not present at the crime scene but investigators quickly identified him as a suspect.

Police spent the next two days searching for him, and detectives conducting surveillance finally spotted him going into the relative’s home in the area of Alameda De Las Pulgas and Massachusetts Avenue in Redwood City at about 4:45 p.m. Monday.

They contacted Redwood City police and the sheriff’s SWAT team and cleared the streets surrounding the residence.

The SWAT team stormed the home at about 7:30 p.m. and took Kirincic into custody. Police have not said what evidence connected Kirincic to the crime scene or what led up to the stabbing.

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