LONGMONT, Colo. (CBS4) – Police in Longmont have arrested a man they say was threatening a woman with butcher knives.

According to police, a man called 911 Saturday at approximately 11:45 p.m. and said, “I’m going to kill my wife” and then hung up. Dispatch was able to locate where the call came from and officers responded to a residence in the 1600 block of Main Street.

When an officer arrived he could hear screaming coming from the apartment.

“Soon thereafter, he was met by a extremely frantic female running from the apartment. She hid behind his back, clinging to his uniform and wouldn’t let go, yelling, ‘He tried to kill me, he is going to kill me, he has a knife,’ ” Cmdr. Jeff Satur said in a statement.

Satur said the man, identified as Richard Martinez, 35, soon came out of the apartment with “two very large butcher style knives, one in each hand.” The officer shielded the woman and drew his gun. The officer commanded the Martinez to drop the knives but he refused.

The knives taken from the suspect (credit: Longmont Police Department)

The knives taken from the suspect (credit: Longmont Police Department)

After what Satur described as a “tense standoff” another officer was able to use a stun gun on Martinez and he was taken into custody.

“The suspect is known to have choked the female and held the knife to her throat, telling her he would kill her However she escaped when he was distracted by an unknown noise,” Satur said.

The crime scene Sunday morning (credit: Longmont Police Department)

The crime scene Sunday morning (credit: Longmont Police Department)

Satur said the ordeal began earlier in the night at the Tex Mex bar on Main Street. He said Martinez became angry at the 38-year-old woman for talking to other men.

“When they got back to their apartment, he began calling her derogatory names, assaulted her and strangled her.

Martinez is charged is attempted first-degree murder, third-degree assault, felony menacing and domestic violence. More charges could be added.

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