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Stabbing suspect in custody
Matthew Whitman
Police say Matthew Whitman stabbed a man who was with his estranged wife at her apartment on Monday afternoon. - photo by Courtesy of Ceres Police

A suspect accused in Monday's stabbing of another man who was seeing his estranged wife was arrested a few hours later.

The stabbing occurred in an apartment unit at approximately 4:30 p.m. in the 1900 block of Darrah Street. Ceres Police Department spokesman Sgt. Jose Berber said the suspect, Matthew Whitman, 25, became enraged when he saw his soon-to-be former wife with a 33-year-old man and assaulted him. He then produced a knife and stabbed him several times in the back before fleeing.

The two had been separated for a few weeks, said the woman.

The suspect drove away in his car before officers arrived on scene.

The victim sustained non-life-threatening wounds and was in stable condition at Doctors Medical Center, said Berber.

Later that evening the suspect was able to talk his ex into meeting at the Walgreen's store on Hatch Road for some unknown reason. He threatened her and told her to get inside of his vehicle. When she did she was able to lock the doors to keep him out, said Berber, while she called police.

Meanwhile Berber was in the area and saw the suspect walking across Central Avenue toward the CVS store where he was apprehended at around 8 p.m.

The man was charged with attempted murder and domestic violence.

The investigation is ongoing. Anyone with information about the incident is asked to contact Ceres Police Detective Trinidad Viramontes at 538-5730 or Ceres Police Dispatch Center at 538-5712.