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Violent assault suspect arrested


by: WASHINGTON COUNTY SHERIFF'S OFFICE - Jose Ponce-GuitronThe United States Marshall Service has arrested a man suspected of violently assaulting a woman in her Aloha apartment.

Jose Ponce-Guitron, 46, was arrested during a traffic stop around 4:30 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 11, without incident. He was turned over to Washington County Sheriff's Office and will be charged with Attempted Murder.

Ponce-Guitron is suspected of assaulting his estranged 42-year-old girlfriend Thursday at the Willow Springs Apartments, 3117 SW Doyle Place, in the community of Aloha, an area of the Enhanced Sheriff's Patrol District. Sheriff's deputies responded to a disturbance call there about 10:07 a.m. on Jan. 10.

According to investigators, Ponce-Guitron came to the apartment complex looking for his estranged girlfriend. He reportedly used a metal tool to break the back glass door and gain entry to her apartment, then attacked the woman with a knife.

Neighbors heard the commotion and forced open the apartment's front door to help the woman. When the neighbors entered, Ponce-Guitron ran out the back door.

The woman sustained a deep cut to her neck and was transported to Emanuel Hospital by ground ambulance. Her condition did not appear to be life threatening.

The Washington County Violent Crimes Unit Detectives were called in to assist with the investigation.