Green Forest man arrested in fiancee’s stabbing

Tuesday, December 21, 2021
Marvin Maldonaldo-Lopez

A Green Forest man is being held in the Carroll County Detention Center on a $250,000 bond after being arrested in the stabbing of his fiancee, who was airlifted to a Fayetteville hospital.

Marvin Maldonado-Lopez, 23, is charged with attempted murder, aggravated assault on a family or household member, first-degree domestic battery, endangering the welfare of a minor and interfering with emergency communications.

According to a probable-cause affidavit written by Lt. Allen Phillips of the Green Forest Police Department, Maldonado-Lopez was arrested on the afternoon of Dec. 6 after officers responded to a report of a fight between a male and female.

When Maldonado-Lopez opened the door of his residence, Phillips noticed that he had a “large amount” of blood on his hands and legs and what appeared to be fresh scratches on his face, the affidavit says.

Phillips also observed a woman lying on a chair with blood covering her head, face and shirt, according to the affidavit, as well as a small child crying in the back of the house.

The woman told Phillips that Maldonado-Lopez was trying to kill her and had stabbed her in the head, the affidavit says, repeating several times: “Thank God. He was going to kill me.”

The victim was loaded in an ambulance and Phillips photographed some of her injuries while she received emergency treatment, the affidavit says.

The woman had an incised wound on the left side of her head and what appeared to be defensive wounds on her that she said she sustained when she grabbed the blade of the knife to prevent Maldonado-Lopez from stabbing her again, according to the affidavit. The victim was transported to the Tyson Hatchery, where a helicopter arrived to fly her to a hospital in Fayetteville.

During an interview at the Green Forest Police Department, Maldonado-Lopez told Phillips that the woman — whom he identified as his fiancee — had become verbally abusive during an argument, began clawing his face, the affidavit says. Maldonado-Lopez said he pushed the woman off of him and she ran outside yelling that she was going to call the police, according to the affidavit. He said he chased the woman and brought her back inside, where she grabbed a knife from the kitchen, the affidavit says.

Maldonado-Lopez told Phillips that he was on the ground on his back when the woman tried to use the knife on him, according to the affidavit. Maldonado-Lopez said he grabbed the knife and flipped over and stabbed the woman in the head, the affidavit says. He told the woman to get up and lay on the couch, according to the affidavit, and then texted his brother to say he had just killed the woman, according to the affidavit.

After obtaining a search warrant, police collected evidence including a knife, clothing, a recording system and two smartphones — one of which was broken and believed to have been smashed by Maldonado-Lopez — the affidavit says.

A review of surveillance footage from the recording system shows Lopez chasing the victim into a side yard, the affidavit says, before tackling her to the ground while she screams for help and begs him to stop. Lopez-Maldonado then appears to choke the victim, using the weight of his body to apply force to her neck, according to the affidavit. He then looks around and drags the victim back toward the house while she screams for help, the affidavit says.

Investigators met with the victim in Berryville on Dec. 8, according to the affidavit, and she told them that Maldonado-Lopez was going to kill her and then himself. She said Maldonado-Lopez cut her thighs, and investigators also documented injuries to the back of her head where she was struck with the handle of the knife and an injury to her back where she was cut with the knife, the affidavit says.

The victim told investigators that she was afraid she was going to die and that she still believes Maldonado-Lopez will kill her, according to the affidavit.

Maldonado-Lopez appeared before Carroll County District Judge Dale Ramsey on Dec. 8. Ramsey found probable cause to charge Maldonado-Lopez and set his bond at $250,000. Ramsey appointed a public defender to represent Maldonado-Lopez and ordered him to appear in Carroll County Circuit Court at 9 a.m. Monday, Jan. 3.

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