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Ceres man charged in attempted murder of wife
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A 38-year-old Ceres man was arrested Saturday afternoon after he allegedly tried to stab his wife during a domestic disturbance.

The incident occurred at an apartment complex at 2028 Walnut Avenue and reported at 4:55 p.m.

Police later arrested Juan Armenta, 38, of Ceres.

Officers met with the female victim at Punjab Plaza on Central Avenue who reported that her husband attempted to kill her at their apartment which they share with their four children. According to Ceres Police Department spokesman Lt. Chris Perry, Armenta came home intoxicated and accused his wife of marital infidelity. He allegedly punched her in the head and upper body and grabbed a kitchen knife and attempted to stab her in the stomach, said Lt. Perry. His wife grabbed his hand to keep the knife away from her and pushed him away. Juan then allegedly ordered her to the couch in the living room where he tried to stab her again with the knife and said he felt like killing her, said Lt. Perry. She was able to keep his hand with the knife away from her and pushed him off of her. He then began stabbing the couch with the knife. At that point, police said, Armenta grabbed her cell phone and disabled it to prevent her from calling 9-1-1. He reportedly said he was leaving to go buy beer.

The victim hid the knife and ran to a nearby apartment unit to call police.

By the time police arrived at the residence, Armenta had returned and officers talked him into coming to the door. Armenta was arrested without incident and charged with attempted murder, domestic violence, and disabling a phone to prevent someone to call 9-1-1.

Police retrieved the knife.

Lt. Perry said the couple's four children were home at the time of the altercation but were not injured.