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Man in jail following alleged attempted murder-suicide

Man in jail following alleged attempted murder-suicide

CREATED Jul 21, 2012

North Las Vegas, NV (KTNV) -- North Las Vegas Police were called to the scene of an alleged attempted murder-suicide early Saturday morning.

The incident took place around 3:40 a.m. on the 2600 block of Tonopah Avenue, near North Civic Center Drive and East Lake Mead Boulevard.

Police said 37-year-old Mario Alejandro Lopez forced his way into the home and attacked a 32-year-old woman, stabbing her several times.

North Las Vegas Police told Action News Lopez is the estranged husband of the woman and the pair were in the process of getting a divorce.

A 15-year-old boy who came to the woman's aid was also stabbed.

Officials said the man then turned the knife on himself.

The three were transported to UMC Trauma where the woman is listed in critical condition. The boy is listed in serious condition.

Lopez was released from the hospital and is now in the Las Vegas City Jail. He's been charged with attempted murder, burglary with a deadly weapon and assault with a deadly weapon.

There were six other children, ages ranging from 4 to 16, in the home at the time of the attack. Police said Lopez and the woman, he allegedly stabbed, were parents to all the children.

Child Protective Services has taken custody of them until other family members have been notified.

North Las Vegas Police continue to investigate the incident.