A New Britain man was charged with attempted murder Saturday after he stabbed his ex-wife and then himself earlier this month.
Officers were called to Farmington Hills apartment complex on Ledgecrest Avenue around 11:30 p.m. Dec. 23. Upon arrival, police found Andre Cruz, 51, on top of an unidentified woman, who was suffering from multiple stab wounds.
According to police, the woman, who is in her 60s, had been stabbed in the neck and abdomen as well as other places while protecting herself. Officers told Eyewitness News that Cruz reached for a kitchen steak knife, however they were able to seize the weapon.
The woman was transported to an area hospital where she is in serious condition, police said. Before being transported, police said she was able to talk to police at the scene and tell them Cruz attacked her.
The woman's teenage grandson, who called police, hid in a closet when the stabbing occurred, police said.
Police said Cruz stabbed himself in the neck because he didn't want to go back to jail. He was taken to area hospital and arrested on Saturday once he was released.
Cruz was charged with first-degree assault and attempt to commit murder. He is being held on a $1 million bond.
Richard Ortega lives across the street from the stabbing occurred.
"They have always been pleasant, sweet. They come in and out and that's it," Ortega said. "Hi, bye and that was it. They are very quaint, nice people."
He was surprised to hear what happened two days before Christmas.
"It's very unfortunate and God bless them and hope everything turns out fine with them," Ortega said.
Cruz appeared in New Britain Superior Court on Monday and is scheduled to return to court Jan. 6.
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