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Houston grand jury indicts man accused of knife attack

PERRY -- A 38-year-old man accused of attacking his ex-girlfriend and another man with a butcher knife in 2009 has been indicted by a Houston County grand jury.

Juan Cordova-Sanchez, who was on the lam for more than five years, was arrested March 11 by the U.S. Marshals Violent Fugitive Task Force in Ellington, Connecticut, where he had been living.

He was indicted Tuesday on two counts of aggravated assault and one count each of simple battery, terroristic threats and cruelty to children in the third degree.

Cordova-Sanchez is accused of slicing Ronnie Jean Ortiz across her throat and stabbing Jose Castellano-Gonzalez in the back and hand in a 2:58 a.m. incident Oct. 25, 2009, in the 900 block of Oak Avenue in Warner Robins.

According to the 2009 police report, Ortiz and Castellano-Gonzalez arrived at Ortiz’s house, and she was opening the back door when she saw her ex-boyfriend, identified as Cordova-Sanchez, come from the backyard with the knife.

She told police Cordova-Sanchez swung the knife at her, cutting her throat. She fell to the ground and started screaming, the report stated.

Castellano-Gonzalez began fighting with Cordova-Sanchez over the knife, while Ortiz called 911 on her cellphone. Castellano-Gonzalez told police he wrestled the knife away from Cordova-Sanchez, who fled on foot westbound through the backyard toward Pine Street.

Castellano-Gonzalez received several cuts on his back and a deep cut on his right hand, the report stated.

To contact writer Becky Purser, call 256-9559.

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