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Santa Rosa man suspected in knife attack on ex-girlfriend

A Santa Rosa man grabbed his ex-girlfriend at an apartment complex parking lot and stabbed her repeatedly in an attempt to kill her, said Santa Rosa police Wednesday.

The 19-year-old victim was able to tell officers who attacked her and suspect Miguel Ruiz, 21, was arrested shortly after the Tuesday night assault, said Santa Rosa Sgt. Dave Linscomb.

Ruiz was in custody Wednesday on $1 million bail. He is suspected of attempted homicide and domestic violence.

There were no apparent witnesses to the attack and the severely injured woman was lucky to be found, said Linscomb.

A neighbor came upon her by chance. She was found on the ground behind her parked car at a Meadow Way apartment complex in southern Santa Rosa.

She was bloody from several wounds to her torso and neck.

"It was very fortunate the neighbor found her when they did. They were doing something else. It was just by happenstance," said Linscomb.

"They were life-threatening (wounds.) She went through surgery and has survived," he said.

The couple had recently stopped dating and the attack apparently stemmed from issues involving the break up.

Tuesday night she'd been home at her apartment but at some point she left.


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