Watford City Man Charged With Attempted Murder, Kidnapping

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An Alexander man is in custody after Watford City Police say he stabbed his wife and tried to put her in his trunk.

Police responded to a call on Tuesday morning on the 200 block of 8th Street Northwest for a man and woman fighting.

The first officer to arrive found a woman bleeding from multiple stab wounds, but she was still able to give him the suspect's description.

Police say the description matched prior domestic stalking complaints they received for the past couple of weeks.

Law enforcement found the 63-year-old Peter Ortiz and arrested him.

Ortiz is being held on a $500,000 bond and is being held in the McKenzie County Jail on charges of attempted murder, attempted kidnapping and stalking.

The victim is in a Bismarck hospital where she had surgery for her injuries.