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LCPD; Man Suspected of Trying to Kill Wife in Weekend Fight

Carlos Ordonez, 47, of the 200 block of Totanac road, is charged with one count each of attempted murder, kidnapping and battery against a household member.

Las Cruces Police detectives learned that Ordonez called 911 shortly after midnight on Sunday, April 3, to report that he had just tried to kill his wife. Police were dispatched to the couple’s residence on the 200 block of Totanac in Zia Shadows Mobile Home Park where Ordonez was waiting for officers outside their mobile home.

Ordonez was taken into custody without further incident.

Inside the mobile home, officers found Ordonez’s wife, 48, suffering from a laceration to the side of her neck. Officers and medics provided first aid until the woman was transported initially to Mountainview Regional Medical Center and then University Medical Center of El Paso.

Her injuries no longer appear to be life-threatening.

Detectives learned that Ordonez had been drinking beer when he began arguing with his wife late Saturday evening. At around midnight or shortly thereafter Ordonez is believed to have punched his wife’s face and threw her to the floor, preventing her from leaving the residence. Detectives believe Ordonez first attempted to strangle his wife on the floor and then slashed her neck with a double-bladed knife.

After Ordonez dropped the knife, his wife retrieved it at which time they argued over it. In an attempt to grab the knife, Ordonez cut his finger. He then walked away and called 911.

Ordonez was initially being held without bond at the Dona Ana County Detention Center.

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