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Las Vegas man charged in stabbing, kidnapping wife

Las Vegas police said a man stabbed and kidnapped his wife when she said she would leave him.

Luis Garcia, 31, was booked into Clark County Detention Center without bail Wednesday to face charges that include sexual assault and attempted murder with a deadly weapon.

Police have said the man, identified only as Luis in a redacted Metro arrest report, was arguing with his wife as he was driving to a grocery store Nov. 5. The woman told Garcia she was going to leave him and take the kids with her.

The man became angry, took a knife from his pocket and stabbed her four times on her left leg while he drove. She tried to stop him and was stabbed in her right hand. She tried to wave down a passing patrol car and was stabbed in her lower left abdomen, the report said.

Police say the man took the woman home and attempted to bandage the wounds.

The man stayed home from work Nov. 6. The woman could not walk on her own and had to be helped to the bathroom, where she was punched in the face, threatened and restrained with duct tape. The following day she was sexually assaulted, according to the report.

The woman told police that her husband had a “crazy look on his face,” according to the report.

It wasn’t until Nov. 11 that the woman could walk on her own. The report said she took the children, fled to a friend’s house and called the police.

Garcia was arrested near his home the same day. The report said he refused to be interviewed without a lawyer present. Officers obtained a search warrant and collected a roll of tape and a DNA sample from the man. The report also said police found blood in the man’s vehicle.

Detectives were unable to find the knife, the instruments used during the sexual assault or any bedding with blood on it, the report said.

Garcia is scheduled for a preliminary hearing Dec. 14.

Contact Wesley Juhl at wjuhl@reviewjournal.com and 702-383-0391. Find him on Twitter: @WesJuhl.

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