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Lemoore Police Department

LEMOORE — A man was arrested for attempted murder in Lemoore on Saturday after allegedly stabbing his girlfriend while under the influence of a controlled substance, police officials said.

At around 3 p.m. on Saturday, Lemoore Police officers said they were dispatched to the area of East Bush Street and Madrid Drive for a report of a male that attempted to stab a female.

As officers were on their way to the scene, dispatch advised them that a man had left the area on foot, police said. Officers arrived in the area and found the female victim.

Officers said the woman stated that she was driving, when suddenly her boyfriend, identified as 32-year-old Francisco Javier Gutierrez of Lemoore, started stabbing her with a knife.

Police said the victim attempted to defend herself and was able to stop the vehicle, at which time she called 911. When she called 911, officials said Gutierrez exited the vehicle and fled.

The woman suffered lacerations and puncture marks to her body, and police said she was treated by emergency medical services on scene and released.

Officers said they searched the area for Gutierrez and located him, where he then surrendered to a K9 unit without further incident.

Authorities said Gutierrez was placed under arrest on suspicion of attempted murder, spousal abuse, being under the influence of a controlled substance and possession of methamphetamine.

Police said Gutierrez was transported to the Kings County Jail, where his bail was set at $535,000.

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