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November 28, 2014

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Man charged with two counts of attempted murder after wife, child stabbed

Apparent attempted murder in Southern Nevada

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Mario Alejandro Lopez

Three people are hospitalized with stab wounds in what North Las Vegas Police are calling an attempted murder/attempted suicide.

Officials said Mario Alejandro Lopez, 37, was charged with two counts of attempted murder, one count of burglary with a deadly weapon and one count of assault with a deadly weapon in an attack on Lopez's wife and her son.

Officers arrived shortly after 3:30 Saturday morning at a house in the 2600 block of East Tonopah Street, near North Civic Center Drive and Lake Mead Boulevard. There, they found a 32-year-old woman, a 15-year-old boy and Lopez all suffering from stab wounds

Officers indicated the adults are married and in the process of divorcing. Lopez forced his way into his wife’s home and allegedly stabbed her multiple times, they said. The woman's 15-year-old son tried to intervene on his mother's behalf and also was stabbed. The husband then began stabbing himself before police arrived.

After police arrived, the three were transported to University Medical Center, where the mother was in critical condition this morning, according to authorities. The boy and the suspect were hospitalized in serious condition. Officials said the suspect was later released and booked into the Las Vegas Detention Center.

Police said seven children, ages 4-16, including the 15-year-old boy, were home at the time of the attack. The relationship between the husband and children was not immediately clear. The children are in the custody of Child Protective Services until immediate family can be notified.

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